A funeral home in Nova Scotia has had its licence suspended due to unlicensed activity.
Service Nova Scotia has issued T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists a seven-day suspension for its funeral homes in Bedford and Glace Bay. The suspension will be served from Feb. 2-8. Both funeral homes will be closed during this time.
In August 2017, Trevor Tracey, owner and operator, was charged with accepting money in advance for pre-arranged funerals without holding a licence to sell pre-arranged funerals. Mr. Tracey pleaded guilty in court to a charge under the Cemetery and Funeral Services Act and paid a fine of $1,500.
“Funeral homes provide a vital service to families grieving their loved ones. It’s important the public remain confident in the funeral home industry,” said Rodger Gregg, registrar of Cemetery and Funeral Services. “When a concern about a funeral home is brought to my attention, we take the necessary steps within our authority to resolve the situation in the best interest of the public good.”
Service Nova Scotia licenses and regulates funeral homes. The registrar has the authority to cancel or suspend a funeral home licence.
The Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors licences and regulates the funeral director licence including professional misconduct.
The board has also taken action. It has issued a suspension of Mr. Tracey’s funeral director’s licence for 90 days, also starting Feb. 2.
Service Nova Scotia urges Nova Scotians pre-arranging a funeral to only work with licensed sellers and to always check the licensing status before paying any money or entering into a contract. They are also encouraged to ask to see the funeral home’s licence to sell pre-arranged funeral plans, which is required to be displayed in the funeral home.
If people are concerned about unlicensed activity, they are encouraged to contact the department at 1-800-670-4357, or visit https://novascotia.ca/sns/access/individuals/know-your-rights.asp.
Source: Media Release