Families put their trust in us and it is important for us to ensure that we deliver on that trust.
Connelly-McKinley Funeral Homes are specialists in cremation.
To make certain that proper cremation procedures are followed at all times, we have established our own crematorium. This ensures that your loved one never leaves our care, giving us all peace of mind.
Currently we have two locations with three cremation retort chambers. This ensures that families do not have to wait and will have cremations completed to their convenience.
Respect for religious doctrine, traditions and customs
Working with the family’s pastor, minister or spiritual leader, our professional and certified cremation staff are fully trained make sure that religious guidelines are strictly followed.
Connelly-McKinley Funeral Homes Crematorium is operated by highly trained operators. We strictly adhere to a Cremation Code of Ethics and are members of the ICCFA (International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association) and CANA (Cremation Association of North America).
Our state-of-the-art crematoriums are maintained to the highest possible standards.
Family attendance at the crematorium
Some families may wish to be present at the crematorium for a final goodbye, which many see as no different from being present for the graveside service at a cemetery. We are always honoured to accommodate this request.
If you have specific questions regarding cremation please feel free to contact us.
Here are some commonly asked questions regarding the cremation process
- How long does the cremation process take?
Cremating at the optimum temperature (1,400-1,800 degrees), the average weighted remains takes 2 to 2 ½ hours. Several more hours may be required before the cremated remains are available to the family.
- Are cremated remains ashes?
Cremated remains, are the bone matter that is left once the cremation process is complete. The bone matter is then crushed or ground into tiny particles, resulting in the cremated remains which are commonly – but erroneously – referred to as “ashes.” Human cremated remains are the bone fragments of your loved one.
- Can you cremate more than one person at a time?
Because we have three retorts, we can cremate more than one person at a time, however, not more than one person in each retort chamber.
- What are you cremated in?
There is no legislation in Alberta requiring that a casket be used in cremation. Funeral homes and crematoriums most often request the deceased be enclosed in a container which is combustible, of rigid construction, and equipped with handles. You may supply your own home-made container providing it meets the requirements of the crematorium.
At Connelly-McKinley we commonly use a birch container that serves this purpose, however, we have many products designed for cremation so our families have many options.
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