Glossary of Terms


  • Payments made by a funeral professional or a person who operates a funeral establishment on behalf of a purchaser of funeral services or supplies, or both.
  • The preservation and disinfection of all or part of a dead human body by means other than by refrigeration. The procedure of embalming means removing the blood and body fluid from the body and replacing it with a chemical preservative.
  • A rite or ceremony in connection with the death of a person where the body is present.
Funeral Services
  • The care and preparation of dead human bodies and the co-ordination and provision of rites and ceremonies with respect to dead human bodies, but does not include cemetery or crematorium services.
  • An arrangement for the provision of specific funeral services, supplies or transportation of a dead human body on the death of a person who is alive at the time the arrangement is made.
Prepaid Contract
  • An agreement whereby a person contracts with a purchaser to provide or make provisions for funeral services, funeral supplies, or both or for the transportation of a dead human body, including disbursements, upon the death of a recipient, if any payment for the contract is made prior to the death of the beneficiary or the purchaser enters into an insurance contract or plan under which a licensee is to receive directly or indirectly the proceeds of the insurance policy upon the death of the recipient.
  • The payment or the guarantee of a payment pursuant to a prepaid contract.
Prepayment Funds
  • The money deposited in trust under the provisions of the Act and the income therefrom and includes the proceeds of an insurance policy received by a licensee.
Provider / Service Provider
  • An operator of a cemetery, crematorium, funeral establishment or transfer service.
  • A person who has accepted financial responsibility under a funeral service contract.
  • A person for whom funeral services or supplies, or both, are to be provided under a contract or prepaid contract.
  • Caskets, markers and monuments, vaults, urns and flowers
  • Funeral, visitation, opening and closing of a grave and cremation
Transfer Service
  • A service to the public with respect to the disposition of dead human bodies, including the transportation of dead human bodies and the filling out of the necessary documentation with respect to the disposition of dead human bodies.

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