Comparing Cremation Services Calgary
Every year, cremation is becoming more and more popular, and in Calgary, direct cremation service has easily surpassed burial as a chosen form of disposition. Because of this, funeral homes in Calgary receive numerous inquiries about cremation, the cost of cremation, and the difference between funeral homes that offer cremation services.
At Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services, we own and operate our own onsite crematorium right on the main floor in our facility. As owners/operators, and funeral directors with many years of experience in funeral service, we are well versed and knowledgeable about cremation options, services, costs, etc. If you are considering cremation, and making inquiries to funeral homes and crematoriums to compare your costs and options, we encourage you to ask the questions on who the owner is, and if the company is affiliated with other funeral homes or crematoriums. We also encourage you to ask where the cremation will take place.
Can I Visit The Crematorium?
At Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services we have a very open door policy when it comes to our facilities and our crematorium. We believe that families should be able to see exactly where their loved one is being cared for. If you are comparing crematoriums in Calgary, you may wish to ask if you can view where the cremation will take place. To view our Calgary crematorium, please contact us and we will arrange to show you our onsite crematorium and explain our cremation service.
What Does Cremation Cost?
The cost of cremation in Calgary varies between funeral homes and crematoriums. If you are looking for a cheap direct cremation service, or the cheapest cremation in Calgary, be careful that the price you find or are quoted is a complete price. Families have shared stories with us about the "extras" that they were surprised with at other funeral homes in Calgary. If you are looking for the cost of a basic cremation, our simple cremation package is $1195 plus GST. We do not have extra charges for cremating persons over 150 lbs, meeting with families on evenings or weekends, cremations required before 24 hours, or cremations not taking place before 48 hours. These are some of the "extras" that families have encountered when they were told that there were no hidden surprises.
For the families who entrust us to look after their final arrangements, we will provide the highest level of dignified service while caring for your loved one.
Is It Legal To Scatter Cremated Remains?
Many families who choose cremation are also choosing to scatter the cremated remains. While scattering is legal, we do like to caution families that it is irreversible and permanent. If you are considering scattering,we encourage you to talk to an experienced funeral director about your options. We are happy to have this conversation with you, even if the cremation was performed elsewhere.
Below is information on scattering cremated remains in Alberta as taken from the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board website.
"In national parks (e.g. Banff, Jasper) scattering cremated remains in water is prohibited, but remains can be "cast to the wind". In provincial parks, forests and wilderness areas (e.g.. Fish Creek, Kananaskis) scattering is allowed anywhere, but permission is required to scatter remains over rivers and lakes. Some municipalities allow the scattering of cremated remains in parks and golf courses, although there may be time and location restrictions."