domingo, 7 de abril de 2013

Differences In Costs Between Burial And Cremation In Canada

Everyone has to contend with funeral preparation and expenses at some time in their lives. The decision in regard to death and funeral rights is one of preference and memorial disposition. We view death as a mysterious passing, but the ritual for death remains constant in that we must dispose of the body in one of two ways--by burial, a more traditional route, or that of cremating the remains. There are marked differences in both means as far as costs and convenience. Canadians need to make these informed decisions, weighing the alternatives to arrive at a sound decision that complies with their basic beliefs and practices. There are marked costs differences between these two funeral rights of passage.

In almost all cases, a traditional burial will cost significantly more than the practice of cremation. Burial is quite involved when you consider it might include a public or private viewing that must be arranged for by family members. Burial involves cosmetic applications to the deceased, including clothes and fittings. There is an expense for embalming procedures. The casket and lining can be quite expensive, depending upon its features, material construction and style. The burial vault or plot is also another cost outlay and are either purchased beforehand or shortly after death. Vaults can run as high as $15,000 and up. Reinforced casket liners are an option that run around $1,500 extra. Headstones and markers add additional cost to the funeral plots, and they can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending upon ornamentation and size.

Canadian owner of Regina Memorial Gardens, Bevery Kator, estimates that average Canadian funerals for her funeral home and across most of Canada run from a basic low-end package of approximately $9,100 to a more elaborate process of $17,300. The mean average would fall in the range of $13,200 for the burial of two people. This does not include extras or ornate options. If it safe to assume that a single burial will approach the $8,000 range and upward.

Canadians are no different with their challenge of meeting hard-hitting economic times. When you consider that cremation holds as much dignity as a traditional burial, you will find that it provides a less stressful and practical funeral process. The process is simple an imminently quicker than a standard below-ground burial. The option of cremating a body has obvious cost benefits since the process is significantly simplified. It can negate the cost of a plot or vault, a viewing and the cost of a casket. According to the Cremation Association of North America, Canada has seen nearly a 30 percent growth of cremation services in the last 30 years, with numbers expected to rise in the future. Mount Pleasant cemetery located in London, Ontario, has stated that they have seen a 50 percent rise in their services just recently. This attests to the changing viewpoints of Canadians and how they are dealing with changing trends and high living costs.

Charges for cremating remains involve some legal priorities that include the cost of death registration per the municipality, urn, coroner's certificate, provincial licensing and the physical the process. This bare bones package starts at about $700, depending upon which funeral home is selected. The costs rise when there are options added to the process, such as scattering of the remains, grave, tombstone or marker (with inscription), witnessing the service and other extra amenities. Again, depending upon the funeral home and their costs, the more elaborate charge for cremating remains approaches $1,200 to the $1,500 range.

This post is brought to you by Robert Pearson, he recommends visiting Park Lawn LP for memorial and Toronto cremation options including Forest Lawn Mausoleum & Cremation Centre 4570 Yonge St North York, ON M2N 5L6‎ (416) 225-3345. For more information, visit their website

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