Q. Is the price of a prepaid service guaranteed?
A. All prepaid contracts are guaranteed if signed after July 1, 2012.
Q. What happens if there is an excess of funds after a guaranteed prepaid funeral has been provided?
A. If you prepaid after June 1, 1990 the balance, if any, of the prepayment funds that are in excess of the cost of delivering the services and supplies contracted for must be refunded to the estate. If you prepaid prior to June 1, 1990 the funds will be refunded at the discretion of the funeral establishment.
Q. How are prepaid funds protected?
A. Legislation provides several means for ensuring protection of prepaid funds. At the time of prepayment, the funeral director or transfer service operator must provide the purchaser with a contract, signed by the purchaser and the funeral director, showing clearly the services you have selected and the monies paid. Within 10 days of the investment of the prepaid funds, the funeral establishment operator must deliver to the purchaser an investment receipt from the financial institution where the investment has been held in trust for you.
Tissue and organ donations
Q. Does my age, pre-existing medical condition, or sexual orientation prevent me from being a donor?
A. Everyone can be a donor regardless of age, medical condition or sexual orientation.
Q. How do you know if organs and tissue are suitable to donate?
A. Eligibility to donate is assessed at the time of death by Trillium Gift of Life Network Coordinators. Most diseases do not automatically exclude a person from donating. Testing is done to confirm the medical suitability of the organs and tissues and to determine who is the best match for transplant. Every organ is tested for suitability to ensure that as many people as possible can be helped through transplant. Organs or tissue not suitable for transplantation can be used for scientific research and medical education. Currently important research is being done on diseases of the eye, improving the quality of lungs to see if they can be transplanted, and collecting stem cells from the spinal cord to help patients with spinal cord injuries.
Q. What organs and tissue can be donated?
A. Organs and tissues that can be donated include the heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, small bowel, stomach, corneas (eyes), heart valves, bone and skin.
Q. Can anyone register to be an organ and tissue donor?
A. Any Ontario resident who is at least 16 years of age can register their consent to donate their organs and tissues after their death. (Information from www.giftoflife.on.ca, Trillium Gift of Life Network, 416-619-2306)
Last year in Ontario over 1200 individuals had their sight restored by corneal transplants made possible by eye donations. Currently, there is a critical shortage and 59 surgeries had to be cancelled due to lack of available tissue.
Q. Is the whole eye transplanted?
No, only the cornea (clear, front part of the eye) is used for corneal transplants. The sclera (white part) can sometimes be used for sight-saving surgery. The rest of the eye can be used for research (if you wish) to aid in future treatment of eye disease.
Q. I have cancer. Can I donate my eyes?
Yes, individuals with cancer can still donate their eyes, except for those with cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma or cancer/tumours of the eye itself.
Q. I wear glasses. Can I donate my eyes?
Yes, even totally blind people can donate their eyes because there is no relationship between poor eyesight and eye donors.
Q. How can I become an eye donor?
You can obtain a donor card from any CNIB office, the Eye Bank or fill in the donor information on your driver’s license. (Information on eye donations from firstname.lastname@example.org 416-978-7355).