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Although the modern practice of cremation dates back to the middle of the 19th century, throughout history many cultures have chosen cremation as a method of caring for the dead. In recent years it has become increasingly popular in Canada, and more people are choosing cremation today simply as a matter of personal preference.
Cremation is often considered to be an inexpensive, less complicated substitute for the "traditional" funeral. However, cremation and burial are both really "modes of disposition," methods of caring for the body. As such they are just one part of a funeral. Today, many opportunities exist for meaningful services for the benefit of family and friends, both before and after cremation takes place.
Just like burial, cremation can occur after the traditional funeral where the casket is present at one's place of worship or a funeral chapel. The only real difference between a funeral followed by burial and one followed by cremation is that the body is taken to the crematory after the service, instead of to the cemetery for a committal service.
As is customary, the funeral may be preceded by a period of visitation or a reception at the funeral home. During this time and before the service, the casket may be open or closed, according to the preferences of the survivors.
Following the funeral, the body is cremated in the casket or placed in a special cremation container. After cremation, a public or private service may be arranged for the final placement of the cremated remains.
A memorial service, like a funeral, is a service of remembrance, only without the body present. The urn may be present for the memorial service, as the casket would be for a funeral. it is usually placed on a stand and attractively arranged with flowers. Sometimes a photograph of the person or meaningful memorabilia is displayed at the service or during a reception period.
While these are the two most common services associated with cremation, your choices are not required to fit exactly into any particular category. There are other personally-designed options available to provide a meaningful service, and we are dedicated to responding with openness and flexibility to the needs of each person or family we serve.
In the most general sense, the cost of cremation as a mode of disposition is less than that of burial or entombment. However, a more accurate comparison must include the services selected to be a part of the total funeral. These will vary in accordance with each person's or family's desires.
We will be pleased to provide information on cremation costs and will, at the time of arrangement, provide a complete listing of charges for the services you select. We share your concern for making appropriate choices within your budget.