in Canada offers many benefits as a means of disposition. Indeed
cremation is already a popular choice for families in Canada, as the harsh
North Hemisphere winters mean there can be many months when burial is not
possible due to frozen ground in many provinces.
Cremation Association of North America (CANA) has witnessed a significant
growth in cremation as a funeral option in recent years. The Association
reports that cremation in Canada has grown by nearly 30% over the last
30 years, and this is expected to increase further.
our attitude to death and disposition is also in flux, and there is a distinct
move away from the once ‘traditional’ burial. Although burial still
remains a very traditional means of disposition for the Native American
indigenous population of Canada.
death and funeral ritual is one of disposition, but also one of memorialization.
A misconception can be that a cremation negates the need for a memorial
funeral service, but this is not so. Cremation is just a means by
which the deceased’s remains are processed following death, and in preparation
for a funeral service.
are the benefits of Cremation over Burial?
to cremate a body can prove to be a significantly cheaper option than a
burial. Cremation can eliminate such costs as embalming, cosmetizing,
a viewing, and even the cost for a casket and a burial vault. The
costs for Cremation Urns, and even interment for cremains in a Memorial
garden can be notably cheaper. A cremation is no less dignified than
a burial, but can save the bereaved family $1,000’s in funeral expenses.
Direct Cremations in Canada these days can start from as little as $695.00.
Understandably with the tougher economic times of late hitting Canadians,
the reduced cost of a cremation is greatly influencing choice. Paying excessively
for a funeral service is not dignified, nor is it an option for many families.
It can be a real worry to have to meet funeral expenses, and arranging
a simple and affordable means by which to undertake the disposition, is
by far the greatest concern.
offers some flexibility for the family in terms of memorial service.
A funeral service can be conducted at the time of cremation, and indeed
at the crematorium itself. Alternatively, a cremation can be performed
and a funeral service for the family arranged at a later date. The
benefit of this is that family can arrange a service at a time that best
suits them. With the vast geography of Canada, getting family together
for a funeral service can require some planning, and therefore the benefit
of a post-cremation service means that a time can be arranged that allows
for family to make travel arrangements.
days we are all seeking to ‘customize’ our identity and personalize artifacts.
This extends to our death ritual, and cremation does offer greater options
for personalization. Once a cremation is performed a totally unique
memorial service can be conducted. The days of keeping Granny’s ashes
safely on the mantelpiece, or placed safely in the crematorium memorial
garden, are fading in popularity. These days people are opting for
the more unusual when it comes to their final resting place. Ash
Scattering has grown hugely as a business emerging out of the funeral industry,
and there is now an array of ash scattering options to select from.
From being blasted into space, made into fireworks, scattered at sea or
by air….or just cast to the wind on your favourite spot! A sample
of DNA from cremated remains can even be immortalized forever by being
made into a memorial gemstone. As opposed to the single traditional
cremation urn, there are a number of different keepsake urns available
on the market today. So if keeping Granny’s ashes becomes a family
dispute, a proportion of ashes can be shared between a number of smaller
keepsake urns and shared between family members.
key benefits of cremation can therefore mean that choosing a cremation
can save you money on funeral expenses, offer you greater flexibility in
arranging a memorial service, and allow you to make the whole ritual a
unique, personalized tribute which truly reflects the personality of the
deceased. Further information on cremation in Canada can be found
on the Cremation Association of North America web site.
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