IN THE EVENT OF A DEATH IN THE HOME
First notify the Doctor, the Police and the Funeral Home that there is a death.
AT THE HOSPITAL WHEN YOU ARE NOT PRESENT
The hospital will call to inform you.
You should then contact the Funeral Home letting them know:
Name and address of the deceased
The Ward Number
The date of death
Your contact information including email address.
Always ensure that you walk with their Barbados Identification Card. This is needed for the release of the deceased to the Funeral Home.
Other essential documents
The National Insurance Card
The Birth Certificate
Marriage certificate of the deceased (where applicable) These documents are needed when making the claim for the Funeral Grant or Survivor’s Benefit..
The following information is needed for the Registration Department to process the Death Certificate:
INFORMATION FOR BARBADOS STATISTICAL DEPARTMENT
Full Name of Deceased
Date of Death Day/Month/ Year
Place of Death
Rank or Profession
Country of Birth
Name of Informant (name of person to sign card for Statistical Department)
Address of Informant
Proposed date of Burial
Proposed place of Burial ... Cemetery
National Registration Number
The information given above is then typed on to a Notice of Death card which is sent to the Registration Department for processing.
INFORMATION FOR OBITUARY
Great grand-father/mother of
Great uncle/aunt of
You may also want to include information such as the names of workplaces, educational institutions or titles of relatives, fraternities and organizations of which the deceased was a member.
Please note that the CBC radio ad allows a maximum of 40 names and 10 addresses only for the obituary; however you may use any amount of names for the Nation Obituary.
Personalizing an Obituary
Embellishments may be used in the obituary before the relation e.g. devoted mother of, beloved husband of etc. The common list includes beloved, cherished, devoted, loving and dear.
Some of the costs you will incur are:
Basic cost of casket chosen & casket spray
Transfer to funeral home
Transportation to and from funeral
Grave and Church fees
Obituary - newspaper and radio
The Order Of Service
The Order of Service is the order in which the Funeral Service will run. This is prepared by the Church with input from the relatives; it is then faxed, emailed or brought to the Funeral Home.
The Funeral Home uses the Order of Service to prepare the memorial hymn-sheet. The Order of Service includes the hymns/songs, tributes, pallbearers, ushers, photos and any personal notes from the family.
Dressing Your Loved One
Clothing must include
dress (with sleeves)
suit & inside shirt
vest/petticoat (if worn)
dentures (if worn)
accessories such as earrings, necklace, tie etc.
wig (if preferred)
preferred lip-stick (if desired)
Funeral Grant & Survivors’ Benefits
In order to complete the NIS form for the Funeral Grant you must present
Original Birth Certificate – Claimant & Deceased
Death Certificate - Deceased
NIS #s - Claimant & Deceased
Registration # - Claimant & Deceased
Marriage Certificate (where applicable) – Deceased
Survivors’ Benefits (all of the above apply as well)
Letters from Educational Institution - minors
When is a funeral grant payable?
It is payable when an insured person who dies was receiving or eligible for sickness benefit, maternity benefit, unemployment benefit, invalidity benefit or old age contributory benefit.
This grant is also given when the spouse of an insured person dies, if the insured person would be entitled to the grant if he/she had died instead. If death is caused by an employment injury or an occupational disease, the grant is also payable.
Who receives the grant when an insured person dies?
The person who has paid or is likely to pay the funeral costs.
How much do you receive?
The grant is $1995 but it is not payable if the deceased person was entitled to Non-Contributory Old Age Pension unless:
the deceased had received or was eligible to receive an invalidity grant or an old age contributory grant or
was the spouse of an insured person
What is the Survivors' Grant or Pension and how much is it?
It's a benefit that a surviving spouse and children receive when an insured person, who was receiving or qualified to receive Invalidity or Old Age Contributory Benefit, dies. If the deceased had qualified for a grant, the Survivors' Benefit would be a lump sum while if the deceased had qualified for a pension the benefit would be a pension.
My 26 year-old son lives in his own home. If his father dies will he receive Survivors' Benefit?
No, the benefit is only payable to children who are:
unmarried (including adopted and stepchildren) who were living with or were wholly or mainly maintained by the parent and are
under 16 years of age unless the child is in full-time education at an approved educational institution.
In this case the benefit is payable until he turns 21 invalids. In this case he'll be entitled to Survivors' Benefit as long as his invalidity lasts
Once I qualify how much will I receive?
If you're a widow or widower you'd receive ½ of the Invalidity or Old Age Contributory Benefit that your deceased spouse would have gotten if he/she were alive.
If you're a child you'd receive 1/6 of the amount your parent would have received if he/she were alive. But if you are an orphan or invalid you may receive 1/3. Also if your parent is not entitled to Survivors' Benefit you are likely to receive the full amount. .