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Unwanted Mail for the Deceased
23 May, 2019(0)CommentsNgaio Davis

Imagine a family member dies, let’s call her Aunt Jo. Aunt Jo lived with you in the same household. A week after she died, four pieces of mail arrive for her in your mailbox. In the next few months, you keep getting mail for Aunt Jo. Mostly it’s from companies selling things. It is difficult enough when a some one close to you dies but having to deal with unwanted mail only adds to your emotional distress.

How can you make this mail stop? Who could you call to inform that your aunt has died? Aunt Jo was a staunch green activist. She believed in decreasing one’s ecological footprint as much as possible. Aunt Jo would surely be turning in her grave if she knew there was so much junk mail sent to her after she died.

This is where the Canadian Bereavement Registry comes in. The registry makes it possible for companies to remove the name and address of the deceased from their mailing list. Do you know that a deceased person will continue to receive 100 items of direct mail during the first twelve months following their death? Receiving a phone call for the deceased can be more upsetting than receiving a letter. Although not essential the phone number is used as an additional reference to stop telemarketers phoning in the first place.

The service that the registry provides is FREE! It’s a compassionate service that allows us to continue caring for the earth even after we die.

To know more about the Canadian Bereavement Registry, you’ll find their FAQ below.

You can visit their website here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will this information be used for any other purpose?

No. We will only use this information for its original purpose i.e. removing names of the deceased from marketing lists.

Is there a cost for this?

No. This is a free service to the bereaved. Our income is derived from the marketing companies that use this information to update their existing marketing lists.

Why do you need the date of birth?

The date of birth is needed to accurately match the name and address of the deceased. In some cases it is possible to have a person with the same name in the same town, but it is unlikely that they share the same date of birth.

Why do you request the phone number?

Receiving a phone call for the deceased can be more upsetting than receiving a letter. Although not essential the phone number is used as an additional reference to stop telemarketers phoning in the first place.

How long does it take?

You should start to notice a reduction in mail and/or phone calls within 2 to 3 weeks.

Can I register by post or email?

Yes. You can submit registrations via the details on our ‘Contact’ page.

What if the mail/calls do not stop?

If you continue to receive letters or marketing calls for the deceased, then please collate the details and forward to us at our address and we will contact these organizations on your behalf, free of charge.

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