What to do when someone dies in Alberta, including wills and estates, ordering death certificates and other documents.


Tools such as a personal directive, an enduring power of attorney or a will can help plan for your future and ensure your wishes are known.

Eligible employees can take up to 3 days of unpaid leave upon a family member’s death or a pregnancy loss.

Programs and services for patients who require palliative care, end-of-life care, or medical assistance in dying.

Learn how fatality inquiries are used to determine the details of a death and how inquiries’ recommendations help prevent similar deaths.

Funeral benefits may be available to help pay for funeral arrangements for eligible Albertans.

How the office works, death investigation process, body transportation and report a death.

The Government keeps a record of all registered deaths that take place in Alberta and can only issue documents for these deaths.

Individuals not licensed to arrange funerals need to obtain a permit for the final disposition of a human body when the death is in Alberta.

Get a permit to remove a dead or stillborn human body from its place of interment and then reinter the body.

All deaths that occur in Alberta must be registered with the Alberta government.

Members of the public and health professionals must report an unexpected or unexplained death they witnessed, following these steps.

Download forms for applying to the Court of King’s Bench dealing with non-contentious surrogate matters.