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Natalie Pawlovich
D: 2020-08-11
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Pawlovich, Natalie
Alison Anne Laiss
D: 2020-08-10
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Laiss, Alison Anne
Josephine Homyshin
D: 2020-08-08
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Homyshin, Josephine
Leonard Marvin Hagen
D: 2020-08-08
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Hagen, Leonard Marvin
Doreen Cheetham
D: 2020-08-06
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Cheetham, Doreen
Yvonne Danchuk
D: 2020-08-06
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Danchuk, Yvonne
Orlando Bruno
D: 2020-08-05
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Bruno, Orlando
Stephen McNeil
D: 2020-08-05
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McNeil, Stephen
Keith William Smillie
B: 1927-12-09
D: 2020-08-04
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Smillie, Keith William
Evelyn Tymchak
D: 2020-07-31
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Tymchak, Evelyn
Amilia Musey
B: 1934-03-04
D: 2020-07-31
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Musey, Amilia
Very Reverend Archpriest Raphael Johnston
D: 2020-07-31
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Johnston, Very Reverend Archpriest Raphael
Paul Andre Loranger
B: 1947-10-08
D: 2020-07-30
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Loranger, Paul Andre
Pietro (Peter) Marcato
B: 1946-10-29
D: 2020-07-29
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Marcato, Pietro (Peter)
Ollene Rhoda Pelletier
D: 2020-07-29
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Pelletier, Ollene Rhoda
Kenneth William Proskow
D: 2020-07-29
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Proskow, Kenneth William
Bernice Sandra Warchola
D: 2020-07-28
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Warchola, Bernice Sandra
Wui Lin Ling
B: 1932-12-08
D: 2020-07-28
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Ling, Wui Lin
Evelyn Helen Stefaniuk
D: 2020-07-28
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Stefaniuk, Evelyn Helen
Rose Haluschak
B: 1927-01-09
D: 2020-07-28
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Haluschak, Rose
Teresa Louise "Terry" Perri
B: 1963-10-18
D: 2020-07-28
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Perri, Teresa Louise "Terry"

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Cremation Services

Simply put, Cremation is the accelerated reduction of the remains to ash, through the process of heat and fire.
 
There are many misconceptions about cremation such as it is more environmentally friendly than traditional burial.  We urge families to consider whichever option suits them best at the time of need.  With cremation rates steadily on the rise, it begs the question "Will there still be traditional burial in 50 years?"  Each funeral is as unique as the individual so our answer is yes.  Families will continue to follow in the path of their previous generations and we will continue to serve our families to the best of our capability.
 
Decomposition of the body in the earth (after burial) is the slow oxidation of the body tissues. Cremation, on the other hand, provides rapid oxidation.
 
No casket is legally required for cremation, just a simple container, which is strong enough to hold the body. This could be a box of rough boards, pressboard, or heavy cardboard.
 
Some crematories accept metal caskets; most require the container to be combustible.
 

Cremation Choices

If the body is cremated:
  • The remains can be stored by the family
  • You may take the remains in the simple cardboard box supplied by the crematory and distribute ("scatter") them over the land or water.
  • The remains can be placed in a niche within a columbarium.
  • The remains can be buried in the ground in a regular plot or in a smaller cremation plot.
  • The remains can be entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum.

Why People Choose Cremation

Those who choose cremation (for themselves or others) often hold the belief that it is better to honour the memory of the person, not the dead body. In the United States, in 1972, only five percent chose cremation. That number had quintupled by 1999, with over 25% choosing cremation. In Canada, the rate is already over 42%; in Great Britain, 71%; and over 98% in Japan.
 

Other Reasons You Might Choose Cremation

  • Many people believe that a cremated body becomes one with nature more quickly. Cremation is traditional in your family, religious group, or geographical area
  • You prefer the body to be returned quickly and cleanly to the elements
  • You have environmental concerns
  • You want to keep the costs down
  • Selecting cremation does not mean, however, that you will have an inexpensive funeral.
  • You might still choose an expensive casket and/or a viewing, and/or decide to have the cremated remains buried in the ground or placed in a columbarium. These choices can bring your costs up to those of a traditional funeral.

Decisions You Must Make If You Choose Cremation

  • Who will do the cremation (a funeral home or a firm that specializes in direct cremation)
  • Whether to use an urn or container
  • What to do with the remains
  • If you are distributing the remains
  • Some jurisdictions have laws prohibiting the scattering of remains; others require a permit. Ask your funeral director.
Also, ask if there are any firms in your area that specialize in unique ways of distributing the remains, such as a plane to spread them over a mountain, or a ship to scatter them at sea.
 
Think of places that were especially loved by the deceased, close to home or far away. You can walk in the woods, by a favourite lake, or on the old family farm.
 
Be sure to ask permission if you want to use private property.
 
What about using the remains to create new life, by planting a tree? Some survivors choose to mix the remains with the soil in flowerbeds and rose gardens at home. Every time the roses bloom, you will be reminded of your loved one. If you decide to do this, however, consider what will happen if, some day, you move away.

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