Cremation Services

One of the cremation options to consider is how you want to celebrate the life of your loved one or how you wish to be celebrated in your death. 

Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. Cremation options include traditional or contemporary funeral services before or after the cremation process. A funeral service followed by cremation may be the same as a funeral service followed by ground burial. They can be elaborate or simple and traditional or non-traditional. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made. They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of the deceased, and thus have a special meaning.

Contrary to what some people believe, cremation does not limit choices, but, in fact, increases one’s options. It is a process that is performed in a respectful and dignified manner, and it allows people to be memorialized in many ways.

Cremation is an option more families are choosing as part of their funeral plans. Whatever your reasons are for choosing cremation, our staff will be by your side to explain the many options available.


Frequently Asked Questions about Cremation Services

What is Cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.  

Is a casket needed for Cremation?

No, a casket is not required, however provincial regulations require the body to be in a container for cremation. This may be constructed of wood or cardboard or a combination of the two. You may also use a casket that has been designed for cremation or burial if you wish. The difference is that a container normally will not have any lining inside where a casket designed for cremation will have a pillow, a bed and other lining inside.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?

No. In fact it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise.

Can the body be viewed without embalming?

Yes, many crematories allow immediate family members to briefly view the deceased prior to cremation.

Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes they can; some cremation providers will allow family members to be present when the body is placed in the cremation chamber. There is an additional fee charged by the crematory for being present. Some religious groups even include this as part of their funeral custom.

Can a Cremation Urn be brought into church?

Nearly all Protestant Churches allow for the urn to be present during the memorial service. Many Catholic Churches also allow the remains to be present during the Memorial Mass. It is encouraged that cremated remains be a part of a funeral as it provides a focal point for the service.

What can be done with the cremated remains?

While laws vary state by state, for the most part remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or a cremation garden, interred in a columbarium, kept at home or scattered.

How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?

All reputable cremation providers have developed rigorous sets of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize the level of service and minimize the potential for human error. Since it is illegal to perform more than one cremation at a time, and the vast majority of crematories can only cremate one body at a time, it is next to impossible to receive the incorrect remains.

How long does the actual cremation take?

It all depends on the weight of the individual. For an average sized adult, cremation can take two to three hours at a normal operating temperature of between 1,000 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

What do the cremated remains look like?

Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color. The remains of an average sized adult usually weigh between 7 and 8 pounds.

Are all the cremated remains returned?

With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.

Do I need a Cremation Urn?

A Cremation Urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or if the remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not purchased or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary plastic container.

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