Cremation has become the preferred burial method for many Canadians. It involves converting the body of your loved one to ash, in some cases, after a funeral service. If you are handling a loved one’s funeral arrangements and considering this method, here are some steps to organizing a cremation service in Brampton:
Step 1 – Determine what type of cremation you want
There are three major types of cremation services:
- Direct cremation – a simple form of cremation requiring very little planning. It is suitable if you want a quiet, personal burial with no guests and no funeral service.
- Traditional cremation – the cremation follows a funeral service that allows friends and relatives to say their goodbyes to the deceased. The deceased will be transported to the funeral service location (e.g., church) in a coffin. You can choose where and how you want the service to be held. It can be an open or closed casket funeral.
- Memorial service – a funeral service is organized, but the deceased will not be present. A memorial can take place anytime after the cremation.
In Brampton, several cremation services exist. They will offer these options and describe what the service entails. You can choose according to your preference or the deceased’s.
Step 2 – Decide what happens to the ashes
Some people want their ashes scattered in specific places. Some want it buried. Others want it given to their surviving loved one(s) inside an urn. There are several options, which also depend on the deceased’s wishes (if stated). Whatever you decide, it will be part of your discussion with the crematorium. So it’s best to settle this before speaking to the cremation service.
Step 3 – Choose a crematorium
Ask for recommendations or check the yellow pages for a cremation service provider. You will find more than a few options. Enquire about their service options and rates. Ask questions to determine if they can provide the exact burial you need. If you have any religious or cultural requirements, find out if they can meet them. Once you find the one whose profile matches your needs, set up a meeting with the director to get acquaint with them before the cremation.
Step 4 – Have the cremation service
The funeral director will handle everything else from here. Usually, remains get cremate within two to three days. So if you choose direct cremation, the service should be completed within a short period. But for the traditional method, the funeral service determines when the cremation occurs, and you receive the ashes. As for the memorial, you can set a date for the funeral service weeks or months after the cremation if you like. However, many people prefer completing the burial as quickly as possible.
Organizing a cremation is as straightforward as the steps outlined here. The only slightly tough part is choosing a crematorium. There are many options, and this may confuse you. But determining your needs and preferences and asking for recommendations is a great way to lessen the stress.