Funeral directors back call for Last Post Fund funding

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Faye Doucette, of the Belvedere Funeral Home, who represents P.E.I funeral directors on the national board, echoed recent calls for more funding for the Last Post Fund.

The Funeral Service Association of Canada is continuing to urge the Canadian government to increase funding to The Last Post Fund, a non-profit organization that finances indigent veteran funerals.

“While the government has no specific plan to increase the fund’s subsidy, we wish to bring to mind that these men and women have done so much for Canada; the least they deserve is to have dignified burials,” said Phil Fredette, government relations chair of FSAC.

Faye Doucette, of the Belvedere Funeral Home, who represents P.E.I funeral directors on the national board, echoed those comments.

She said funeral directors will not refuse service to veterans and in many cases funeral homes have subsidized these families in order to provide a well-deserved, dignified funeral.

The Last Post Fund offers financial assistance for funeral-related expenses to eligible veterans and disability pensioners. Last Post funding has remained at the same level since 2001, despite a stable rise in funeral costs. This discrepancy leads to funeral directors or veteran’s families subsidizing the cost of veterans’ funerals. FSAC conducted a national study which found that members provide comparable services to veterans for much less than what the general public pays.

"The last thing these grieving families need is to worry about paying for burial and funeral services. Our veterans deserve better.” Phil Fredette, Funeral Service Association of Canada

“Our members respect the contribution Canadian veterans have made to this country, and as such would never turn a Last Post Fund family away,” said Fredette.  “We want to ensure these families have peace of mind during that difficult time.”

Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada (ANAVETS) passed a resolution at their convention in September stating they would urge the minister of veteran affairs to increase The Last Post Fund to match RCMP and DND current members’ levels.

Fredette said in some provinces, social services provide more financial support for less legislated services.

“We have spoken to the minister and we appreciate his sympathy. This issue will not be resolved by Remembrance Day but it will have to be tackled by the next budget. The last thing these grieving families need is to worry about paying for burial and funeral services. Our veterans deserve better.”

Organizations: The Last Post Fund, Funeral Service Association of Canada, RCMP

Geographic location: Canada

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  • Dundas Sue
    November 13, 2012 - 19:57

    Why should a funeral home personally subsidize a funeral that should be paid for with the help of hte public. If a veteran does not have the money there should be help from a fund such as the last post fund. THere arent that many left from our world wars. Considering the number of new vets with ptsd who cannot work this will not be an issue that goes away, If their service to nour country has injured them they should be compensated. As far as the RCMP goes, this should be a separate issue.

  • AMAZED
    November 13, 2012 - 19:39

    Economic Action ads cost $55.5 Million for this year alone.After this gov't is tossed out I beleive taxpayers should ask the Conservative party to pony up for ALL these indiscretions over the years.In the mean time I would suggest honoring all veterans burials but PLEASE don't put an Economic Action sign by the graveyard.

  • CdnVeteran
    November 13, 2012 - 19:31

    All the money in the world is available to celebrate the memory of the War of 1812, while veterans and their widows are denied services. Veterans Affairs has become the ultimate joke, next to the PEI government.

  • robert
    November 13, 2012 - 16:18

    Talk about taken care of from cradle to grave, we burry the RCMP people? Why, with their pension and benefits, that should be the last thing wee need do. ---

  • alfredd
    November 13, 2012 - 16:14

    Just an other raid on the Treasury, ------ how about all the dead people up untill now, -- can we go retroactive here, ----- how about demanding the taxpayers cough up retroactively for all the funerals these poor funeral directors have conducted so far from 1918 onward. Talk about selfserving support for screwing the taxpayers some more , - the funeral directors should be ashamed of themselves. I hope the government leaves well enough alone, I am sick of everybody wanting something all the time from me.

    • Paulette
      November 13, 2012 - 21:28

      Dear Alfredo, Come back and talk to us aftre you have walked a mile in a veterans shoes.They are not asking you for money they are asking the GOVERNMENT that has no problem spending 55.5million on ads. to pay for these funerals.Which all told would probably not come near a fraction of our esteemed M.P. waste.

    • Ian
      November 16, 2012 - 16:26

      Alfredd, your comments are very narrow-minded, sir! Why is it that a funeral home should be expected (despite the fact that they already do....) to cover the cost of a funeral? That is the same as saying that a cigarette company should provide free smokes or Chrysler should start providing vehicles to vets! All funeral directors are asking is that veterans be looked after by the people they fought for. That, sir, is the Canadian taxpayer and the Canadian Government. Funeral directors are not asking to have payments made retroactively and in none of the dozens of articles that have been in the papers lately has that ever been mentioned. You made that assumption and you have proven what happens when you assume!

  • Carmen Young-McGrattan
    November 13, 2012 - 15:58

    Who pays for the burial of the guy or girl, found on the street... who has No ID and has no next of kin listed on any form of "assistance" even when he or she is identified... I'll tell you who.. because I work closely with that department now. Here, it's called Special Supports (formerly Special Income) a division of "the Welfare" department. So, come on Politician... I think you should be paying the entire bill for these wonderful people who paved the way for where You are right now.