What is Cremation?
Part of making funeral arrangements on behalf of a loved one involves choosing between burial of the body, or cremation. Certainly this is a big decision, based on any number of factors: religious or spiritual beliefs, finances, and ecological awareness are just some of the reasons we've heard for choosing cremation. Before you can make the choice, you need to know exactly what it is you're considering. You can learn the basics below, however, if the content here raises additional questions for you, please give us a call at 905-850-3332. One of our professional funeral directors will address any of your inquiries or concerns.
What is Required to Arrange for Cremation?
Once the cremation-over-burial decision has been made, all that's required is authorization. This is provided by the person who is the legally identified or appointed next-of-kin. Once all authorization documents are signed, and service charges are paid; the body can be transported from the place of death to the crematory and the cremation process can take place. However, there are some additional things you may wish to consider:
A special set of clothes (favourite dress, suit, shoes etc), your loved one would appreciate the thought of wearing or has requested, As well, any jewellery or valuable personal items.
Any keepsake items you would like to include in their cremation casket; a special memento, treasured photograph or letter. Sometimes we suggest family members write cards, notes or letters to their deceased loved one, and place them in the casket prior to the cremation.
Having family members be present for–or participate to some degree in the cremation process? By participating, it may allow family members to obtain some form of 'closure'. Families are encouraged to discuss their wishes with one of our professional funeral directors.
Learn more about planning a cremation with information about before the cremation decision is made, and after deciding on cremation. View our packages and direct cremation services.
Why Choose Cremation
Everyone has their own personal reasons for choosing cremation over traditional casketed burial.
Cremation allows a family the flexibility they may need in planning and preparing for a memorial service, celebration-of-life, or a scattering ceremony. While the cremation process can occur almost immediately (once all the proper paperwork is complete), the decisions required in planning a meaningful memorial for a loved one can be made in a relaxed, rational way.
You can also be sure that concern for the environment ranks high among many who choose cremation.
We definitely encourage open dialog regarding all end-of-life issues. We sincerely hope you reach out to us to further explore the topics related to cremation and burial. We want you to know that no matter your reasons for choosing cremation, we're here to help you explore your options. When you're ready, call us at 905-850-3332 to schedule an appointment.