Public Guardian & Trustee Office
Andrew Philipsen Law Center, 2134 Second Avenue
Phone: (867) 667-5366
Canada Revenue Agency – Northern Support Services
Elijah Smith Building, 300 Main Street
What to do When Someone Dies
Old Age Security (OAS) & Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
Local Grief Support Services
Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services
Services are provided through the territorial government.
Please contact one of the following locally owned flower shops in Whitehorse to order your floral arrangements, casket sprays, and wreaths.
Cell phone use
Please make sure your cell phone is turned off to ensure there is no disturbance during the service.
A funeral procession is a procession, usually in motor vehicles, from a Funeral Home, place of worship or other venue to the cemetery or crematorium. The deceased is usually transported in a hearse, while family and friends follow in their vehicles. In the present day it is less common to see a hearse carrying a casket with a procession of vehicles following behind on their way to the cemetery or crematorium.
When you are driving and come upon a funeral procession please DO NOT:
- Cut into the procession line-up of cars.
- Try and get ahead of the procession.
- Walk across the street in front of or in the middle of the procession.
- Try to pass.
- Stop or pull over as a sign of respect for the deceased and the family.
- Respect the speed that the procession is travelling.
When someone we know has experienced a death of someone close to them, we want to offer our condolences. At times it can feel awkward and we are unsure of what to say. Here are some phrases on how to pay our respects for those grieving.
What to Say
- I am sorry to hear of your loss.
- I wish I had the right words; please just know I care.
- This must be a difficult time for you and your family, does it help to talk?
- Sometimes we do not have to say anything at all, just be present.
What Not to Say
- I know exactly how you feel.
- It gets better with time.
- They are in a better place.
- Be strong.
Supporting Someone Through Grief
Supporting someone through grief can seem like a daunting task. We want to fix a problem, to make them feel better. The truth is, there is no fix; that person’s life has been irrevocably changed. However, we can still be there to help and support that person so they can grieve in healthy ways.
Here are some tips to support a grieving person:
- Do not avoid the grieving person. This can make them feel ostracized and lonely.
- Do not make light of it or place a positive spin, this minimizes the person’s pain.
- Reach out to your grieving person. Even simple check-ins can provide comfort.
- Simply being present and listening with kindness, without judgement or advice, can be the greatest gift.
- Be helpful in practical ways: drop off food, shovel the sidewalk, mow the lawn, take the kids and dog out for a few hours.
- Everyone grieves differently and each grief journey is as individual as each person. Honour this.