What should I do first?
Your first call should be to the funeral home where a licensed Funeral Director will assist you with the next steps – transferring your loved one into our care, arranging for a meeting time with the Executor and Family, creating a meaningful farewell service, and preparing for the final disposition at a cemetery or with a crematorium.
How much can I expect to pay?
Costs for a funeral with burial or cremation are based on your needs and wishes. Most people spend between $3,000 - $15,000, which may also include cash disbursements for cemetery, an obituary, honorariums for clergy, pianist, choir, costs for lunch or a facility for your service, and perhaps a grave marker.
Does a church need to be involved?
As a family usually you will honor your loved one in the way he or she would appreciate. Someone who is a member of a church usually involves the church in the celebration of their life. For others where church has not been central in life, a facility that meets your needs will be arranged.
How many options are there for Cremation and Burial?
There are several options for each of these ranging from a direct cremation or burial with no service to having an evening visitation for family and friends, a public service at a church or facility, followed by earth burial at a cemetery or placement of cremated remains in a columbarium. Again these directives are selected by the Family and arranged for by your Funeral Director.
May I travel with Cremated Remains?
Depending on your destination different rules and laws apply. If traveling to another province, please check with a Funeral Home or with the Funeral Service Association in that province. When traveling to another country, please check with the Consulate Office in Canada for that particular country for their regulations well in advance of your travel date.