It is important to acknowledge that there is no “right or wrong” way to conduct a funeral. Just as wedding ceremonies can range from the simplest type of civil union to the extravagance and pomp of a royal wedding, funerals can take many forms. 1-800-Cremation is here to help you if you believe in pre-planning your cremation in Montreal. Contact us today to discuss the details.
Cremation as a Choice
Generally, a funeral is thought of as a ceremony for celebrating, sanctifying, or remembering the life of a person who has died. These customs vary widely between cultures and religious affiliations. The diversity of our modern society is reflected in the diversity of the practices surrounding funerals today. Increasingly over the last century, the growth in the acceptance of cremation has added even more choice and flexibility to the options available to families when planning funerals.
According to the Cremation Association of North America, there are numerous reasons why people choose cremation and the decision is a very personal one, whether it is someone planning their services to alleviate their family from the burden or family members choosing cremation as a loving and respectful way to memorialize their loved one. Research has shown the following nine factors as considerations in the cremation decision:
People are dying older and choosing cremation for themselves
Migration to retirement locations is increasing
Cremation has become acceptable
Environmental considerations are becoming more important
Level of education is rising
Ties to tradition are becoming weaker
Regional differences are diminishing
Religious restrictions are diminishing
Greater flexibility in memorialization services
Cremation as part of a funeral service
Cremation Services Matching Your Needs
When you are pre-planning a cremation as part of a funeral, it is important to think through the types of services that you might want, such as:
Cremation with visitations and embalming
Cremation with visitation and perhaps the use of a rental casket
Memorial service – with the cremated remains or without
Church services coordinated with the clergy
Receptions following service with catering
The final disposition of the cremated remains, burial, or scattering in a cemetery, placement in a niche, or to be kept by a family member
All of these considerations can be important and legitimate components of a funeral for many families. It is a good idea to discuss these issues with your loved ones before making the final decision. All of the services listed above are available through our full-service funeral complexes. It would be wise to speak with a funeral service professional if your family’s needs would be more appropriately met by these types of services.
Why Consider the Services of 1-800-Cremation?
There are many cases where the individual needs of a family do not require many of the services that might be considered “traditional.” 1-800-Cremation provides services that have been designed to provide easy access to cremation arrangements that are simple, dignified, and affordable for families who:
Wish to arrange for a simple cremation following death and who do not need to use the facilities of a funeral home
May be planning a simple, family-directed service at a later date
Are making cremation arrangements for those who have no next of kin
Are making cremation arrangements to facilitate transportation of the cremated remains to another location
As the services of a professional funeral planner or director are not mandatory, we provide a more personal way to say goodbye to your loved one. We promote a family-led approach to service planning.
What Does 1-800-Cremation Provide?
Our services include:
Transfer of the deceased from the place of death to Mount Royal Crematorium
Basic services to coordinate cremation arrangements with the family
Completion of all required legal paperwork
Preparation of death certificates
Temporary refrigerated storage and safekeeping of the deceased before cremation
Standard cremation container
Basic urn/container for the cremated remains
The Benefits of Pre-Planning a Funeral Service
Pre-planning is something we do all the time. We set money aside for travel, retirement, and other important events. Like writing a will or purchasing insurance, arranging a funeral in advance plays a similar role in life.
Cremation arrangements do not have to be made at the time of a loss but can also be made in advance at your leisure. Prearranged cremation services are governed and protected by the Act respecting prearranged funeral services and sepulchres of the Government of Quebec.
Pre-planning removes the burden of those closest to you. A funeral can affect a family and loved ones both emotionally and financially. With a little forethought and pre-planning, you have the opportunity to relieve some of the difficulty. More and more people are choosing to plan. This is why:
Peace of mind: Pre-planning gives both you and your family peace of mind in knowing that at the time of death, very few decisions will have to be made. By resolving all the details in advance, you have enabled your family to focus on dealing with their loss.
Financial advantage: your family will be relieved of the financial burden often associated with making arrangements at the time of death. By paying today, you freeze inflation by paying today’s price. Besides, your money is placed in trust and protected under provincial law.
Personal choices: Many decisions need to be made at the time of death. Pre-planning allows you to make decisions that are right for you. Your wishes once clearly recorded, will be known to your family.
To make an appointment with one of our experienced counsellors, simply call 1-800-CREMATION (1-800-273-6284).