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Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction

If someone dies without any financial means to pay for funeral costs (i.e.: cremation or burial services), a request to the Ministry can be made for full payment.
Funeral Costs

Public Guardian & Trustee Office (PGT)

If someone dies and there is no one able or willing to administer the estate and take care of funeral-related expenses, assistance can be requested through the PGT office. Executors, intestate successors and beneficiaries wanting to refer an estate to PGT Estate and Personal Trust Services are encouraged to contact our office and speak with an Estate and Personal Trust Services Duty Officer prior to submitting a referral.
Estate Services

  • “Anam Cara” by John O’Donohue
  • “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande
  • “Final Gifts” by Maggie Callahan and Patricia Kelley
  • “It’s OK That You’re Not OK” by Megan Devine
  • “The Heart Does Break: Canadian Writers on Grief and Mourning” by Jean Baird and George Bowering
  • “The Letters from Motherless Daughters” by Hope Edelman
  • “The Mourners Dance: What We Do When People Die” by Katherine Ashenburg
  • “The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion


  • “Cry Heart, But Never Break” by Glenn Ringtved
  • “Why Did Grandpa Die?” by Barbara Shook Hazen
  • “Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss” by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen
  • “The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life For All Ages” by Leo Buscaglia
  • “Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children” by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
  • “Saying Goodbye to Lulu by Corrine Demas
  • “Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories” by Audrey Penn
  • “The Heart and the Bottle” by Oliver Jeffers
  • “Missing Mummy” by Rebecca Cobb


  • “The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing” by Kevin Young
  • “Poems of Mourning” Everyman’s Library
  • Emily Dickinson, “I Measure Every Grief I Meet”, “After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comes”, “I Can Wade Grief” (to name but a few)