Death of an Eligible Dependent

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart. Helen Keller

Coping with the death of a loved one or someone close to us is one of the most difficult challenges of our lives. While it is true that we will all face numerous losses throughout our lives, when the loss is someone close to us, someone we care about, the loss will trigger a grieving process that may impact our way of living, both at home and at work/study.

Caring for Yourself

Grief and the grieving process is very personal and unique to each of us. The way grief impacts each of us will depend on the loss we've suffered, our religious beliefs, the relationship we had, our resiliency and our own mental and physical health. While grieving is a process, talking to someone about our feelings can really help work through the process and at your own pace. The University's Employee and Family Assistance Program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 780-428-7587 and can be accessed by all staff, faculty and eligible dependents.

If you are the faculty or staff member, additional information on leaves is provided under Quick Links.

This section is here to help you better understand and cope when someone close to you dies. Information is presented from several perspectives. This is also a guide to balance your own personal needs to heal and recover with the potential demands of being at work or at school.

Death of Eligible Dependent



What do I do?

Alberta Health Care When you are able Contact Alberta Health and Wellness.
Supplementary Health and Dental Care When you are able Complete Changes to enrolment of Benefits Form

Insurance Plan for Optional Dependent Life Insurance

When you are able If you are enrolled in Optional Dependent Life Insurance please contact the Staff Service Centre to initiate the claim process. You will then receive a letter outlining the requirements to process the claim.
Life Insurance Plan(s) Your choice Complete the Beneficiary Designation Form
Pension Plan When you are able Complete the appropriate Designation of Beneficiary Form (PSPP or UAPP) and the Pension Partner Form (if it is the spouse who died)

Canada Pension Plan Survivor Benefits

In the event of a death, the Canada Pension Plan provides Survivor Benefits. Detailed information and application forms are available from the Service Canada website.