Obituaries

Gordon Parkinson
B: 1944-05-07
D: 2017-07-18
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Parkinson, Gordon
Irvin Scherbarth
B: 1934-07-29
D: 2017-07-13
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Scherbarth, Irvin
Ada Joy Docking
B: 1919-09-11
D: 2017-06-27
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Docking, Ada Joy
Zoltan Szep
B: 1943-04-18
D: 2017-06-20
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Szep, Zoltan
Mary Bell Higgins
B: 1918-03-04
D: 2017-06-17
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Higgins, Mary Bell
Kathleen Frances Stapleton
B: 1921-10-08
D: 2017-06-10
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Stapleton, Kathleen Frances
Frank de Jong
B: 1941-07-09
D: 2017-06-09
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de Jong, Frank
Kathleen Jurisprudencia
B: 1964-03-09
D: 2017-06-04
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Jurisprudencia, Kathleen
Linda Ward
B: 1970-02-20
D: 2017-06-01
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Ward, Linda
Daniel Connolly
B: 1930-04-22
D: 2017-05-18
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Connolly, Daniel
Lowell Skinner
B: 1959-05-11
D: 2017-05-13
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Skinner, Lowell
Dirk Brink
B: 1932-06-01
D: 2017-04-26
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Brink, Dirk
Donna Elaine Seebach
B: 1927-10-22
D: 2017-04-24
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Seebach, Donna Elaine
Bradley Bennewies
B: 1960-11-14
D: 2017-04-15
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Bennewies, Bradley
Eric Caldwell
B: 1934-12-18
D: 2017-04-10
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Caldwell, Eric
Robert Lloyd Elliott
B: 1928-03-18
D: 2017-04-09
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Elliott, Robert Lloyd
Bruce Murray
B: 1933-02-26
D: 2017-04-05
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Murray, Bruce
Helen Brink
B: 1934-03-09
D: 2017-04-04
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Brink, Helen
Alma Scott
B: 1944-07-12
D: 2017-04-03
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Scott, Alma
Floyd Dow
B: 1942-12-21
D: 2017-04-03
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Dow, Floyd
Margaret Kraal
B: 1927-03-28
D: 2017-04-02
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Kraal, Margaret

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 call us at (519)348-8643.

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

Question #1How long must we wait after their death before we can cremate a family member?
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 those from any necessary agencies (such as the medical examiner). During these 48-72 hours (depending on provincially mandated requirements); the deceased will be held in a secure environment.

Question #2Can 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.

Question #3What should I do with my loved one's ashes?
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 ashes–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: scattering them on land or sea is one of the most common; but you can also use the cremated remains in keepsake jewelry or to create meaningful pieces of 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 #4If 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.

Question #5How long will it take to cremate my family member?
Answer:Naturally, this question is best answered when we talk specifics: what type of cremator will be used? How large an individual was your loved one? Usually it takes 2 - 2 1/2 hours for the process. A cool-down period follows, and then the cremated remains are processed for a uniform appearance. Certainly, if the issue is important to you, we urge you to speak to your funeral director.

Question #6Are 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 they've selected prior to their death, or chosen by family members after their passing.  

Question #7Can 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 notes, children's 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 crematory responsible for your loved one's cremation.

Question #8Does this mean we don't need to plan a commemoration service?
Answer:Certainly not; cremation merely describes the type of physical end-of-life care you intend to provide your loved one. A commemoration service is for the living; the individuals emotionally impacted by the death deserve the same level of compassionate attention. And one of the benefits of cremation comes from the larger "window-of-opportunity" in which to plan a meaningful celebration-of-life it provides the surviving family members. Your funeral professional can guide you in making all the necessary service arrangements.

Question #9I'm thinking of placing my loved one's ashes in the care of a local cemetery. What is the difference between a columbarium and a mausoleum?
Answer:Think of the Taj Mahal in India and you'll know exactly what a mausoleum is: it's a free-standing building (in this case not in India but on the grounds of a local cemetery), which is intended as both a monument as well as the burial location for casketed individuals. A columbarium is the same in purpose, but not in design; instead of crypt spaces large enough for a full-size casket; it features smaller niche spaces, large enough for one (or maybe two) cremation urns.

Question #10Can you tell us which type of service is right for us?
Answer:We would never presume to tell you which service is best for your loved one. But your funeral director will be pleased to guide and advise; explain the differences between service formats (traditional funeral, memorial 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 #11How 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 are legally obligated to share our General Price List, or GPL, with you. That list details the actual cost of our cremation services, which is a combination of our basic professional services fee, the fee charged by the crematory for the use of their facilities, and any additional charges related to the transportation and safekeeping of the deceased prior to the cremation.

Question #12What "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. Yet with that said we can tell you there will most likely be extra charges for anything that involves a second-party purchase (such as the publication of your loved one's obituary in a local newspaper). If you select a decorative cremation urn and would like to personalize it with an engraved nameplate; there could be a small fee.

Question #13What are "cash disbursements"?
Answer:When you arrive to make the necessary cremation service arrangements on behalf of a loved one, we will furnish you with a copy of our General Price List; a section of which discloses the exact price (or a good-faith estimate) of the most commonly-requested "cash disbursements". The Ontario Board of Funeral Services defines a cash disbursements as "payments made by  the licensed funeral establishment or transfer service operator on behalf of of the consumer. A cash disbursement may include items such as newspaper notices, clergy honoraria, or flowers."

Question #14Can we arrange to bury their ashes on cemetery grounds?
Answer:Yes, you can. The burial can be in-ground, or your loved one's cremation urn can be placed in a columbarium niche. Speak with your funeral director to learn more about your specific cremation burial options.

Question #15What 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 he or she would like you to bring along to the arrangement conference.

Question #16I'd like to write my loved one's obituary. 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 an obituary. And you can always turn to us for assistance.

Question #17Should 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 print or online obituaries; 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".

Question #18How much will I have to pay for the cremation?
Answer:The actual cost of cremation services, is a combination of our basic professional service fees, the fee charged by the crematory for the use of their facilities, and any additional charges related to the transportation and safekeeping of the deceased prior to the cremation. The total price will depend on the specifics of each family's wishes. We are happy to speak candidly about cremation costs and provide an accurate quote.