Cremation FAQs

Are Urns Required to Collect the Cremated Remains?
An urn is not required under Ontario law, but may be desired if you choose to have a memorial service or to have the remains interred in a cemetery. If you choose not to purchase or provide an urn, we will provide the cremated remains to you in a basic container.

Are all Cremated Remains Returned to the Family?
Yes all cremated remains are returned to the family.

There are conditions around how long cremated remains can be held at our funeral home, consult one of our licensed funeral directors to discuss the conditions as well as the cremation urns that we have available at the arrangement meeting. The time of the return of the ashes will vary and depend on the schedule of our crematorium and your wishes.

Is Embalming Required Prior to Cremation?
There is not a legal requirement for embalming prior to cremation, though there may be some necessary preparation of the body required. One of our licensed funeral directors will discuss the individual requirements with you.

What Should I do After My Loved One Passes?
If the death of your loved one was expected and they died at home, you should contact the physician or palliative care nurse to pronounce the death. If the death was not expected, then emergency services should be called and they will contact the coroner if required.

What can be done with the cremated remains?
With cremation you have a number of options. 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. There are legal restrictions in the province of Ontario with respect to the scattering of cremated remains, so please consult with one of our licensed funeral directors for assistance.

Can I have a visitation period and a funeral service if cremation is chosen?
Absolutely.

Many families choose a traditional service before a cremation.

Do I need a casket if I choose cremation?
No, However for sanitary reasons, many crematoriums require a combustible, leak-proof, covered container.

A traditional casket is not required for cremation, but can be used. A basic cremation container is required for the body to be cremated which made out of cardboard or wood materials.