Cremation Costs in 2024

The cremation rate in Canada in 2023 was almost 75%, according to a survey by Statista, which also predicted it would rise to around 79% by 2027. This displays a huge shift away from traditional burial funerals to cremation. As such, we can expect to see a shift in the cost of cremation as funeral homes respond … Read more

Cremation Services Explained

Cremation services accounted for 73.1% of dispositions in Canada in 2019.  The percent of Canadians choosing cremation is still growing. Families still have questions about cremation.  Questions about cremation prices, legal aspects about cremation authorization, and what happens through the whole funeral home cremation process. What cremation service options are offered? There are basically 3 … Read more

Guide to buying a casket or coffin

The business of caskets in Canada may be a ‘dying’ or declining business in the funeral sector. The Canadian cremation rate is now just over 73%, and although some families still opt to have a traditional funeral service prior to cremation, others are opting for a simple direct cremation with no service. How much does … Read more

Useful Contacts in the Canadian Funeral Industry

Funeral Service Association of Canada6-14845 Yonge Street, Suite 192Aurora, ONL4G 6H8Tel:  1-866-841-7779Fax: (905) 841-0997 Corporation des Thanatologues du Quebec3340, rue de la Perade, Bureau 200Sainte-Foy, QuebecG1X 2L7Tel:  (418) 653-9102Fax: (418) 653-3580 British Columbia Funeral Service Association1551 Pandora AvenueVictoria, British ColumbiaV8R 6P9Tel:  (604) 592-3213Fax: (604) 592-4362Toll Free: 1-800-665-3899 New Brunswick Funeral Directors & Embalmers Association515 Everard … Read more

Things to Consider When Contacting the Funeral Home

First call: Contacting a funeral home One of the first steps the legal next of kin, or personal representative of the deceased (executor named in the Will) must take is to contact the funeral home. Remember, most funeral homes are available to take your calls 24 hours a day and are there to answer any … Read more

Why is Cremation on the increase in Canada?

The Canadian Funeral Industry is an industry still in a state of flux following new legislation and combating new trends in consumer choices.   As a global industry – the bereavement industry is witnessing a move towards integrated services.  And Canada is no different from many other nations where cremation is on the increase. Canadians are … Read more

How do I choose a Funeral Home?

To some extent, the public does not always understand or appreciate the many tasks associated with arranging for the final disposition of human remains and coordinating a meaningful ceremony for the deceased. A funeral director can complete numerous tasks that can occupy up to 80 hours. The services and human resources of a funeral home … Read more

The Funeral – Holding a Celebration of Life

Why have a funeral? What’s the point. It is ultimately more difficult to avoid the topic as difficult as it can be to discuss death, grief, and funerals. For thousands of years, funerals have been a means of expressing our beliefs, thoughts, and feelings about the death of someone we love. What is the purpose … Read more

Guide to Green Burial in Canada

This guide aims to provide information for those who have an interest in the options for a green funeral or natural burial in Canada.  We have outlined resources and organizations that are dedicated to helping Canadians learn more about green death practices.  What is a green or natural burial? A green funeral is a funeral … Read more

Ordering Funeral Flowers in Canada

Sending flowers to a funeral, or sending sympathy flowers to the bereaved, is a perfect way to convey compassion and condolences.  Beautiful blooms, elegant bouquets, and decorative wreaths at a funeral do so much to bring comfort at a time of loss. What is the difference between Funeral Flowers and Sympathy Flowers? Sympathy Flowers Sympathy … Read more