The 21st Century Traditional Funeral
Cremation in many forms has been around for 20,000 plus years
The vast majority of people understand what cremation is – the combustion, vaporization, and oxidation of human remains. Cremation is a disposition of the deceased. The term cremation does not reference a type of service.
The cremation rate across Canada is approximately 65%, however, there are pockets of the population that have higher rates and those with more traditional burial.
People choose cremation for a variety of reasons
Some of these reasons are the cost, the desire to be more environmentally friendly, decrease in the practice of religion or a personal preference not to be buried, and more.
Most people who we have surveyed chose cost as the reason as for a basic cremation service as it can be half the cost of a traditional burial, especially when you factor in the cemetery.
That being said, some people have actually spent more on a traditional cremation service and all of it will depend on your choices as there are many options when it comes to cremation.
The people that chose environmentally friendly, were not as concerned about cost, more about their value system. They saw burial as wasteful and harmful to the environment. They also were concerned about embalming fluids and leaking in to the ground. It was important for them to save cemetery property for more practical uses like farming.
Then there is the religious aspect for choosing cremation
Historically religion has been one of the biggest reasons why people chose against cremation. For many years the Catholic religion was against this but in recent years have recognized cremation as acceptable. The one thing that people have to remember that in the Catholic religion it is scattering is not permitted and must be interred in a Catholic cemetery.
Catholics are not the only ones against cremation. The Jewish faith, Ukrainian Greek Orthodox and Muslims do not cremate either. Some do not embalm either.
For many religions, it is deemed disrespectful to change the form of the body that God has given through such violent means as cremation.
As people shift away from religion, the shift towards cremation is rising.
At Connelly-McKinley, it is important for us to understand your needs and wants so we can create a perfect final goodbye for your loved one and to give you peace of heart.
We stand committed to this and that is why our Licensed Service Professionals are diverse on all religious requirements and are able to guide you. When you tell us you story, we want to ensure that we bring it to the service, whatever your wishes may be.
One of the things that many families are unaware of is that they can actually have a family gathering or visitation prior to cremation and that they can also witness the cremation.
We offer a final goodbye to our families with a ceremonial casket at no additional charge. Our families have told us how important that was to them so, it was important that we provide this and that cost would not have to be a deciding factor in that choice.
For those who are looking at pre-planning, it is important to know that you are not planning for yourself, you are planning for your loved ones and helping them through the loss.
We often tend to think that it won’t matter because we will not be there, but we always have to remember, our families will be. In that, we have to ask them, what will you need to help you in your grief? Usually some type of service, whether it is a celebration of the life that you lived, a formal traditional service, something more informal but spiritual? These are all things families should discuss before they are under pressure because a death has occurred and they do nto have the answers.
Questions our families have asked
How do I know I these are the remains of my loved one?
We have very strict policies and guidelines. Click here to read about our Cremation Promise
What do I get back after cremation?
Cremated remains are bone fragments. After the cremation, they are put through a process to break those fragments down to fine granules. Cremated remains can be quite light or heavy depending on a person’s bone mass. The cremated remains will be a light sand colour.
Can you cremate more than one person at a time?
No, not only will the cremation retort not accommodate more than one person, it is against all logic and the law.
Can I witness a cremation?
Yes, we are totally transparent here and all families have the option to witness the cremation should they choose.
Do I have to purchase an urn from the funeral home?
No, as long as the vessel will hold the cremated remains and is the proper size for whatever interment choice you have made. It is a good idea to check with the funeral home and the cemetery to ensure the urn you have would be accepted.
Call us for the answer of submit your request on the form Ask the Director
Pre-planning Call 780-590-0626 or complete this form
A death has occurred Call 24 hours 780-422-2222