much is a funeral or cremation in Canada going to cost?
of how much a funeral should cost is one that we are often asked at Canadian
Funerals Online. The question of cost is sometimes an issue that
people feel uncomfortable asking a funeral director, believing that asking
“how much” does not seem dignified. This demonstrates just how much of
a ‘distressed purchase’ a funeral is, and how culturally we still feel
uneasy about the ritual of dying.
with tougher economic times hitting all of us, the cost of dying has become
a very important one. Fortunately, the Internet helps people find
answers to the question of cost, without having to go through the discomfort
of making multiple enquiries by face to face or by telephone to funeral
the funeral industry has not openly disclosed funeral prices, and many
funeral home websites will not even publish a price list. These days
you can find more funeral homes providing open disclosure of funeral package
prices. However, the cost of a funeral can still vary significantly
depending on where you live and which funeral services provider you use.
Be sure to check what kind of funeral business you are dealing with.
There are two corporate funeral companies operating in Canada – Service
Corporation International [Branded as Dignity Memorial] and Arbor Memorial.
Although not a rule, typically the corporate funeral homes can be more
expensive than the family-owned funeral homes. In the funeral industry
economies of scale do not always operate in the consumers’ favour.
It is HIGHLY recommended that you investigate prices from more than one
are average burial costs in Canada?
comes to trying to establish average burial costs, the question is more
“how long is a piece of string?” There are so many considerations
related to the type of casket, casket liner, vault, cemetery plot, grave
marker, etc, etc. In the case of a burial, embalming is an additional
cost, plus dressing, a viewing, vehicles required, services of a celebrant
and the list goes on. At a stressful time, all these questions and
choices can be so daunting that the bereaved often are so overwhelmed,
that the stock answer is “just do a good turnout for her”. A “good
turnout” in the case of a traditional burial can start at around $5,000
but can quite easily amount to a cost of $15,000.
are average cremation costs in Canada?
As a very
general guide a cremation is likely to cost a quarter of the cost of a
burial. A simple, direct cremation in Canada can start at around
$600, whereas a cremation with a service, and extra disbursements (obit
notice, viewing, funeral flowers, etc), may cost in the region of $4,500.
As mentioned above, cremation service costs will vary depending upon your
province and area. For example a low cost cremation can be obtained
in some areas of Quebec for as little $587, in Vancouver for $995 and in
Toronto for $1,400, whereas in New Brunswick a simple cremation can cost
cremation rate in Canada is at 65% making cremation by far the popular
choice for families today.
can you arrange a simple, low cost cremation in Canada?
cremation as a disposition option has been around in Canada for some time,
the interest in simple, low cost alternatives is growing. Changing
religious and cultural attitudes and the effects of the recession have
resulted in more Canadians looking for less expensive and simpler alternatives
to a full cremation service. Direct cremation is becoming more popular.
A direct cremation is when the deceased is simply collected from the place
of death and transferred to the funeral home or crematory for an immediate
cremation. No service is conducted prior to the cremation [although
sometimes a brief family viewing is conducted]. The cremated remains
are returned to the family within a few days in a basic urn. This
is the least expensive means by which to conduct a funeral. It can
even be arranged online today, without the need to visit somber funeral
homes. Family can then arrange their own memorial at a later date
and a time and place that suit the family. This also puts the family
in control of the memorialization process, instead of paying a funeral
home for this service.
simple cremation without a service becomes more in demand, more funeral
providers are competing for this market, and so the costs for a basic cremation
are coming down in Canada.
cost IS an important factor in your funeral planning, then I would strongly
recommend that you consider the options between burial and cremation.
It helps to have an idea of what your funeral needs are before you contact
any funeral providers. This way you can be in control and ask the
right questions. There are some really good free resources on the
web now that outline all the elements that constitute a funeral, be it
a burial or cremation. Being armed with this information will enable
you to ask informed questions of a possible funeral director. Do
NOT be afraid to ask about prices, all funeral homes by law have to provide
you with a general price list. And DO compare prices for equivalent
services from more than one funeral provider. It can help to ask
another family member, friend or associate to make enquiries on your behalf
once you have a clear outline of your funeral needs.
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