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Mary Tomlinson
B: 1956-05-08
D: 2018-09-28
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Tomlinson, Mary
Joyce Foster
B: 1931-05-23
D: 2018-09-27
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Foster, Joyce
Carolyn Brawn
B: 1922-06-13
D: 2018-09-27
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Brawn, Carolyn
Marvin Bulgin
B: 1935-09-02
D: 2018-09-27
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Bulgin, Marvin
Ivan Salapura
B: 1939-05-06
D: 2018-09-25
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Salapura, Ivan
Randall Cook
B: 1948-09-16
D: 2018-09-18
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Cook, Randall
Anthony Bond
B: 1934-03-25
D: 2018-09-13
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Bond, Anthony
Irene McNarry
B: 1945-01-08
D: 2018-09-11
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McNarry, Irene
Claudette Ellerbeck
B: 1962-04-24
D: 2018-09-07
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Ellerbeck, Claudette
Charles Venus
B: 1956-10-08
D: 2018-09-01
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Venus, Charles
David Born
B: 1940-06-21
D: 2018-08-28
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Born, David
Dorothy Woods
B: 1933-01-07
D: 2018-08-24
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Woods, Dorothy
Joan McClelland
B: 1931-10-07
D: 2018-08-20
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McClelland, Joan
Thomas Lethbridge
B: 1935-07-25
D: 2018-08-19
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Lethbridge, Thomas
Alvin Bryan
B: 1932-09-16
D: 2018-08-19
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Bryan, Alvin
Francis Vacheresse
B: 1936-05-04
D: 2018-08-15
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Vacheresse, Francis
Mildred Mazerolle
B: 1923-02-07
D: 2018-08-06
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Mazerolle, Mildred
Doris Tittemore
B: 1923-01-30
D: 2018-08-05
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Tittemore, Doris
Edward Dixon
B: 1946-06-22
D: 2018-08-04
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Dixon, Edward
Margaret Idzenga
B: 1931-02-17
D: 2018-07-31
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Idzenga, Margaret
Daniel O'Shea
B: 1938-04-14
D: 2018-07-30
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O'Shea, Daniel

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FAQs - Cremation Services

Everyone thinks they know the answer to the question "what is cremation", but when it comes down to it, the facts are often just out of reach. If you're ready to make the cremation decision, but just need a few more answers to nagging questions you have about cremation, then this is the right place for you. We've listed some of the most common questions we hear on the subject of cremation for you here; if you don't see your specific question then we invite you to give us a call.

 

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1. How long must we wait after their death before cremation can take place?
 
2. How much will I have to pay for the cremation?
 
3. Can I participate in the cremation?
 
4. Can I purchase an urn from another source or must I buy one from you?
 
5. What should I do with my loved one's cremated remains?
 
6. If we choose cremation, does my loved one have to be embalmed?
 
7. How long will it take to cremate my family member?
 
8. What kind of fuel is used in the cremation?
 
9. Are people dressed when they are cremated?
 
10. Can we put special items in their cremation casket?
 
11. Does this mean we don't need to plan a commemoration service?
 
12. I'm thinking of placing my loved one's cremated remains in the care of a local cemetery.  What is the difference between a columbarium and a mausoleum?
 
13. Can you tell us which type of service is right for us?
 
14. What "extra" fees or charges will I need to pay?
 
15. What are "cash disbursements"?
 
16. Why must I pay for these items at the time of arrangement?
 
17. Can we arrange to bury their cremated remains on cemetery grounds?
 
18. What must I bring to the funeral home?
 
19. I'd like to write my loved one's death notice.  Can I?
 
20. Should I tell people not to send flowers?
 

Question #1How long must we wait after their death before cremation can take place?
Answer:Unlike burial, cremation is irreversible. This requires us to be "extra diligent" in obtaining cremation authorization from the legally identified next-of-kin, as well as permission to proceed from the coroner.  During this time the deceased will be held in a secure room.

Question #2How much will I have to pay for the cremation?
Answer:When you enter into a discussion with us about the cost of your loved one's cremation, whether on the phone or in-person, we will inform you of the fee charged by the crematory for the use of their facilities for the cremation process.  There are a few crematoriums in the area.

Question #3Can I participate in the cremation?
Answer:The answer to this question is dependent on the specific crematory responsible for the care of your loved one, but generally speaking, the answer to this question is "yes". The degree to which you can participate may differ from crematory to crematory (depending on their facilities); please speak with your funeral director if this is an issue for you, or another family member.  If you plan to be present at the crematorium there is a charge for this event and these charges vary for each of the crematoriums in the area.

Question #4Can I purchase an urn from another source or must I buy one from you?
Answer:The option of purchasing an urn is entirely your preference.  If you would like to purchase an urn from any source, you are more than welcome to bring it in to us and we will gladly use what you provide or select from our selection.

Question #5What should I do with my loved one's cremated remains?
Answer:Again, as we've said elsewhere, the word "should" need not be part of our conversation. There are many things you can do with their cremated remains–including simply taking them home with you for safekeeping. There may come a time when you know exactly what you'd like to do with them, but it may not be right now. Be patient; the right way to care for them will surface in time. After all, there are a lot of options: burial in an earth grave, placement into a niche or scattering them in a scattering garden at a cemetery are the most common.  But you can also decide upon placing the cremated remains in keepsake jewelry or to create meaningful piece of glass art. As we said, there is no have-to-do; there's only a want-to-do (and you are in complete control of it). If you're curious about your options, just give us a call. We'll share what we know.

Question #6If we choose cremation, does my loved one have to be embalmed?
Answer:The short answer is "no", but there are exceptions.  Let's say you want to have a viewing or visitation.  If that's the case, it may be prudent to embalm your loved one, so they look their best for the event; so much so that the funeral home may require that you purchase the service.  However, with that said we cannot: provide embalming services without your permission.  Our policy is that if we are going to hold a person in our facility for more than 48 hours we would require the embalming process take place; of course religious and spiritual rites are taken into consideration.  If embalming is declined it may not be possible to view that person after any given period of time.

Question #7How long will it take to cremate my family member?
Answer:Naturally, this question is best answered when we talk specifics; here's an example of a variable.  What type of cremation container or casket will be holding their remains?  Usually it takes 2 - 2 1/2 hours for the process.  A cool-down period follows and then the cremated remains are reduced a uniform size.  Certainly, if the issue is important to you, we urge you to speak to your funeral director.

Question #8What kind of fuel is used in the cremation?
Answer:Most crematoriums use natural or propane gas; a fact which troubles some who want to see cremation as an "environmentally-friendly" alternative to burial.  If you're concerned about the impact of cremation on the environment, speak with your funeral director. There are alternatives, such as burial in a "green" or environmentally-pristine cemetery.

Question #9Are people dressed when they are cremated?
Answer:You'd be surprised how often we hear this question!  Some people might choose to be undressed so as to 'go out' the same way they 'came in' to the world; but most of the time, the deceased is dressed in the clothing provided to the funeral director by family members at the time of the arrangements.

Question #10Can we put special items in their cremation casket?
Answer:It depends upon what you mean as "special", but we do our best to accommodate the wishes of surviving family members.  Most commonly, families will ask to place letters, photographs, drawings or other personal messages of love.  But we've certainly had some unusual requests (such as the inclusion of a cherished pet's collar or treasured keepsake).  We encourage you to speak with your funeral director to learn the regulations of the specific crematorium responsible for your loved one's cremation.

Question #11Does this mean we don't need to plan a commemoration service?
Answer:Certainly not; cremation merely describes the type of physical disposition that is intended for your loved one. A commemoration service is for the living; the individuals emotionally impacted by the death deserve the same level of compassionate attention. One of the benefits of cremation comes from the larger "window-of-opportunity" in which to plan a meaningful funeral, memorial or graveside service or a celebration of life it provides the surviving family members. Your funeral professional can guide you in making all the necessary service arrangements.

Question #12I'm thinking of placing my loved one's cremated remains in the care of a local cemetery.  What is the difference between a columbarium and a mausoleum?
Answer:A mausoleum is a wall at a cemetery that is divided into section large enough to hold a casket and each of these sections is called a crypt.  These are designed to hold the casket in an above ground grave.  Some crypts are on the outside and others are on the inside a building structure.
 
A columbarium wall at a cemetery that is divided into sections approximately 12x12x12 inches and each of these section is called a niche.  These are designed to house the cremated remains, depending upon the size and shape of the receptacle that is used to hold the cremated remains you may be able to get the cremated remains of two people into a niche.  Some niches are on the outside and others are on the inside a building structure.  It's important to know the size of the niche at the cemetery that you might be interested in using.


Question #13Can you tell us which type of service is right for us?
Answer:We would never presume to tell you which service is best for you and your family.  But your we will be pleased to guide and advise; explain the differences between service formats (traditional funeral, memorial service, graveside service and celebration of life), and share stories of meaningful services they've been a part of all with the intention of empowering you to make the decision for yourselves.

Question #14What "extra" fees or charges will I need to pay?
Answer:It's difficult for us to answer this question without knowing the specifics of your proposed cremation arrangements.  We will make you aware of any charges prior to completing the arrangements and will not have any hidden charges.

Question #15What are "cash disbursements"?
Answer:When dealing with a loss, there is a lot of communication between the family and other organizations in addition to the funeral home.  We aim to ease this stress by adding disbursements to the contract so that the family the family does not have to stress over paying multiple organizations at different times.  When budgeting for a funeral it is important to consider all components. Disbursements are non-funeral home charges that are added to the contract alleviating a family from having to pay numerous organizations at the time of need.  Below is a list of possible disbursements that may be applicable:

   • Facility Charges For Visitation & Ceremony To Be Determined By Outside Venue
   • Newspaper Notice
   • Cremation Fee
   • Coroner’s Authorization Certificate For Cremation To Take Place
   • Coroner’s Authorization For Transporting Body Out Of The Province
   • Niche & Grave Service Charges – Opening / Closing Charges At Cemetery
   • Clergy Stipend
   • Organist Honorarium
   • Soloist Honorarium
   • Piper Honorarium
   • Cemetery Canopy / Tent
   • Police Escort
   • Monument Inscription

Question #16Why must I pay for these items at the time of arrangement?
Answer:The answer to this is simple: we have to pay for these second-party services or merchandise at the time we make the purchase on your behalf.  This requires us to ask for payment for all cash advance items at the time the cremation service contract is agreed to, and signed by the responsible family member.  For more specific information about our payment policies, please call us to speak with a member of our staff of cremation service professionals.

Question #17Can we arrange to bury their cremated remains on cemetery grounds?
Answer:Yes, you can or you may opt for the cremated remains to be placed in a columbarium niche.  Speak with your funeral director to learn more about your specific cremation burial options.

Question #18What must I bring to the funeral home?
Answer:You'll need to provide the documents/information required to complete your loved one's death certificate and obituary.  If you are planning to have a service, you may also wish to bring in a collection of family photographs to be used in making a tribute video or in the decoration of the service location.  Other items may be needed at some point, depending on the arrangements made.  Your funeral director will provide you with an exact list of the things that would be helpful to bring along to the arrangement conference when you call to book an appointment.

Question #19I'd like to write my loved one's death notice.  Can I?
Answer:Of course you can; in fact any member of your family (or even a close friend) can "step up" to take care of this task.  There are many valuable resources available in the Guidance section of this website, including tips on writing a death notice.  You can always count on us to assist with this part of the arrangements.

Question #20Should I tell people not to send flowers?
Answer:Flowers have provided welcome solace and added beauty to services for generations. Yet, today you commonly see the phrase "in lieu of flowers" in death notice; so it's natural to ask what you should do in such cases.  The phrase isn't a directive ("do not send flowers"); it's more of a suggested alternative ("if you don't think flowers are appropriate, you can make a donation to a charitable organization").  We believe everyone should follow their heart's lead when it comes to expressing sympathy, and always try not to limit their options in any way.  However, if you strongly feel flowers are unwelcome, then be direct: "please do not send flowers".

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