|What is the cost of cremation?|
|The cost of cremation depends on the funeral home or crematorium that you choose. Costs differ from funeral home to funeral home, and will differ by thousands of dollars for the same basic service. At Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services we are up front with our pricing. If it is simply cremation with no service that you are looking for, the cost at Choice Memorial is $995 plus GST. Full details of this all inclusive price can be found on our pricing tab. |
|What is a funeral?|
|A funeral is a time when friends and family gather to celebrate a life and mourn the loss of a loved one. They occur in cultures and societies around the world, and have deep personal and social significance. We know a funeral is the starting point of the recovery process and the first step toward healing.|
|How much does a funeral cost?|
|The cost of a funeral depends entirely on the funeral home or service provider that you choose, and your wishes for the funeral.The funeral costs are broken into three main categories - professional services, merchandise and disbursements (third party fees). Professional services include items such as documentation and arrangement, transportation, preparation, facilities and cremation fees. These costs can vary thousands of dollars between funeral homes. Merchandise fees include charges for caskets, vaults, cremation containers, urns, and keepsake merchandise. Again, there is a great range for the same products between different funeral providers, as some homes mark their merchandise upwards of 300%. Disbursements are third party items such as flowers, newspaper notices, clergy and musician honorariums, facility fees, cemetery property, interment fees and monuments. |
At Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services, we list all of our charges for our professional services and merchandise on our website so you know exactly what the costs will be. These costs can all be found on our Pricing tab, where the cost of a funeral including the casket start at $4995.
|How do I make funeral arrangements?|
|Funeral arrangements can be made several ways with the advancements of technology. Arrangements can be made in our office, in the comfort of your own home, via email or fax. The arrangements are composed of documenting the vital statistics, making decisions on cremation or casket burial, discussing viewing options, arranging the details of the service, assisting with the obituary, completing Canada Pension paperwork and providing a detailed package to assist with settling the estate. We are here to make the process as seamless and simple as possible for you. |
|What information do I need to make funeral arrangements?|
|In order to make funeral arrangements, we first need to confirm that you are the authorized person responsible to make the funeral arrangements. There are laws that govern funeral arrangements and list in order who has the authority. We will have that discussion with you to confirm that you are legally able to make the arrangements. Once that determination is made, the following is a list of items to consider:|
1) Vital statistic information to register the death
2) Cremation or casket burial
3) Viewing or public visitation prior to burial or cremation
4) Place, date and time of service (if applicable)
5) Selection of merchandise
7) Personalization of service
|What is a pre-arranged funeral?|
|A pre-arranged funeral is a funeral arrangement made prior to death. You can pre-arrange your own funeral or you can pre-arrange a funeral for a loved one. Pre-arrangement is a way for you to make sure your life is celebrated in a way that is meaningful to you. It also relieves your loved ones of the burden of arranging a funeral for you.|
A pre-arrangement can be un-funded or funded. An un-funded pre-arrangement is a file that contains all of the vital statistic information, service details and wishes, and merchandise selection. The file is left unfunded, therefore costs are not locked in. The fees for the pre-arranged funeral will be charged at the time of need.
A funded funeral pre-arrangement is a file completed as above, however the costs are paid at the time the pre-arrangement is made. The costs can be paid in one lump sum, or can be paid over months or years. The laws that govern pre-paid funerals ensure that once pre-paid, the services and merchandise are guaranteed and protected against inflation.
Prepaid funerals in Alberta can either be paid through Trust or Insurance based products. At Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services, we feel that an insurance product is a much better option for our families. We would be happy to explain the benefits of pre-paying your funeral.
|Can I transfer my prepaid funeral arrangements to Choice Memorial?|
|YES you can transfer your existing prepaid funeral arrangements from another funeral home or provider to Choice Memorial. By law, your prepaid funeral funds are held either in trust or through an insurance based product via a third party. This is for your (the consumer) protection. Prepaid funds are transferable from funeral home to funeral home. Contact us for more details. |
|What is embalming and is it required by law? |
|Embalming by definition is the post mortem disinfection, preservation and restoration of the human body by chemical means. Embalming is a temporary solution to the natural decomposition processes, allowing for periods of viewing, alotted time for shipping/extended transportation and extended periods of time prior to funeral services.|
Embalming is NOT required by law however, in certain circumstances, it may be the policy of certain funeral homes, airlines and goverment regulations. We would encourage you to speak with us for specified circumstances.
The first known civilization to "perfect" the art of embalming were the Egyptians, thousands of years ago. Their purpose, was to keep the bodies of their deceased preserved and intact in order to fulfill their religious beliefs. Egyptians beleived in The Circle of Necessity. This meant that upon death, the soul of the person would leave its body and wander the earth for 3000 years. Upon completion of that time period, the soul would then return to its body. Therefore, the body needed to be treated and preserved in order for the soul to recognize it before the reunion.
In modern times, embalming became a regular practice during the US Civil War. Dr. Thomas Holmes, the "father of modern embalming" was the first known proprietor of embalmings, charging $100 per embalming of Union Soldiers whose families wanted thier sons returned home for a proper burial. He began the practice of embalming soldiers right on the battlefield, rather rustically, using a door placed upon two barrels as his embalming table.
|Why should we have a viewing?|
|Funeral experts will say that the viewing of the deceased is the most important part of the whole funeral process. The viewing helps people to recognize the reality of death which is an important stepping stone in the grieveing process. While we believe in the value of viewing, we also realize that this is a very personal decision, and not everybody is comfortable with the viewing.|
Depending on the circumstances of the death, families sometimes have the opportunity to say good-bye when a death occurs. This may happen in a hospital, nursing home, hospice or home. Other times, families may choose a very informal viewing where minimal preparation of the deceased takes place, and just family come to say farewell. Alternatively, a full embalming preparation can be done, and viewing for family or the public is offered at the funeral home, or at the service location. If cremation is chosen, families sometimes will choose a full viewing with a rental casket in order to have the chance to say good-bye, while still keeping costs affordable.
|What should I do if a death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?|
|It’s simple: call us. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need immediate assistance, we will be there.|
|What should I do if a death occurs while away from home?|
|It’s comforting to know that our funeral directors can help you no matter where a death has occurred. We’ll take care of everything from bringing your loved one back home; to helping you arrange the service. All you need to do is call us. We’ll take care of the rest. |
|Why do we need an obituary notice?|
|An obituary notice is helpful for friends and family of the deceased. It informs them that a death has occurred and gives them information about the upcoming service, or information that there will not be a service. It also creates an opportunity for providing social support to surviving family members. There is no law that says an obituary has to be placed in the newspaper. It is optional for the family. At Choice Memorial, we have our online Book of Memories where families can place the obituary at no extra fee, which allows friends and family around the world to read the obituary details, and also to share memories, stories, condolences and photos with the family. |
|What is included in an obituary?|
|A basic obituary includes the deceased’s full name, age, date of birth, and date of death. It may also include the name of the deceased’s spouse or significant other, and the names of immediate family members. If there is a viewing, prayer service, funeral, memorial, mass, celebration of life, liturgy or burial, the dates and times would be included. Often a short notice will be placed in the newspaper prior to dates and times being confirmed, advising people that further details will be announced at a later date. |
You may wish to write about the deceased’s life, accomplishments and legacy. You may suggest preferred charities for memorial contributions and let people know if you would rather not receive flowers.
We are here to help you write the obituary and will send it to the newspaper(s) of your choice. Obituary costs vary from paper to paper. We will provide an estimate prior to allowing the notice to run in the newspaper.
|What is involved in cremation?|
|Cremation is a process that uses intense heat and evaporation to reduce the body to bone fragments. The casket or container is placed in the cremation chamber where the temperature reaches 1,400-1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. After approximately 2.5 hours, all organic material is consumed by heat and evaporation, and the bone fragments are left behind. These are known as the cremated remains, which are then carefully removed from the chamber and processed into fine particles to be placed in a container or urn for the family.|
Our crematorium is located onsite, and is available for you to view. Families have the option to be present to witness the start of the cremation process. This will be discussed when signing the authorization for cremation.
|Do I need a casket if I choose cremation?|
|No, you do not need to purchase a traditional casket. But, for sanitary reasons, crematories require a combustible, leak-proof, container. At Choice Memorial we include a plywood cremation container in our cremation packages. Families have the option to substitute an alternate cremation container or casket at an additional cost if they do not want to use the plywood container. |
|Can I have a visitation period and a funeral service if cremation is chosen?|
|By all means, yes. We encourage families to have a gathering – whether it’s a simple visitation, or a more elaborate funeral or memorial service – to support the bereaved and begin to mend the social fabric, torn by the loss of a member of the community. There are options to rent a casket for the viewing and/or service in order to keep associated costs down.|
|What can be done with the cremated remains?|
|The cremated remains can be interred in a cemetery plot or retained by a family member -- usually in an urn, scattered on private property or at a place that was important to the deceased. The cremated remains can be scattered at sea, or the skies above a special, well-loved place. You can also incorporate the remains into an artificial reef, to be lowered onto the sea floor. There, your loved one provides sanctuary for sea life for years to come. |
There are also elegant ways to memorialize a loved one using small amounts of the cremated remains, including art glass, oil paintings, and man-made diamonds. Or you can take a small amount of the cremated remains to include in a piece of cremation jewelry. Please view our online cremation keepsakes and jewelry selection for inspiration.