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Dorothy Hammel
B: 1937-07-01
D: 2017-09-19
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Hammel, Dorothy
Erna Jacober
B: 1935-03-12
D: 2017-09-18
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Jacober, Erna
Waneeta Ritter
B: 1919-09-08
D: 2017-09-18
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Ritter, Waneeta
Lillian Guckert
B: 1948-07-26
D: 2017-09-18
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Guckert, Lillian
Reuben Kurpjuweit
B: 1928-01-19
D: 2017-09-17
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Kurpjuweit, Reuben
Jacob Wist
B: 1935-06-01
D: 2017-09-17
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Wist, Jacob
Gordon Lesmeister
B: 1955-03-31
D: 2017-09-16
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Lesmeister, Gordon
Martha Janecke
B: 1921-10-23
D: 2017-09-15
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Janecke, Martha
William Gilchrist
B: 1922-05-21
D: 2017-09-12
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Gilchrist, William
Lorne Yanke
B: 1934-09-08
D: 2017-09-10
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Yanke, Lorne
Johanna Bouman
B: 1933-03-14
D: 2017-09-08
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Bouman, Johanna
Geraldine "Gerry" Helmer
B: 1943-08-15
D: 2017-09-07
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Helmer, Geraldine "Gerry"
Alexandria Valcourt
B: 1986-04-18
D: 2017-09-04
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Valcourt, Alexandria
Sandra Plotsky
B: 1949-09-15
D: 2017-09-02
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Plotsky, Sandra
Bernice Jans
B: 1927-04-16
D: 2017-09-02
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Jans, Bernice
Alberta Woolfrey
B: 1920-08-05
D: 2017-08-31
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Woolfrey, Alberta
Paul Dumais
B: 1944-01-05
D: 2017-08-28
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Dumais, Paul
Blair Stroh
B: 1971-10-21
D: 2017-08-24
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Stroh, Blair
Alma Bishop
B: 1924-05-26
D: 2017-08-23
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Bishop, Alma
Iva Dietrich
B: 1922-07-22
D: 2017-08-23
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Dietrich, Iva
Donna Feasey
B: 1948-10-16
D: 2017-08-22
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Feasey, Donna

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Everyone has their own personal reasons for choosing cremation over traditional casketed burial.

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Why People Choose Cremation Services

Those who choose cremation (for themselves or others) often hold the belief that it is better to honor 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.

Cremation Costs are Only One Reason

Given the religious, ethnic, and regional diversity among us, there are many other reasons for the dramatic rise in the number of cremations performed each year. According to Tyler Mathisen of NBC, one of those reasons "is the softening of the Catholic church's views of the practice. For centuries – until 1963, in fact – the church outlawed it. The church's laws still express a preference for burial. But the outright ban is a thing of the past."  

He goes on to tell readers that the decline in nuclear families is another reason. "As more Americans live far from hometowns and parents, and as family burial plots have waned in popularity and accessibility, millions have turned to cremation as a practical and cost-effective way to care for a loved one's remains."

Cremation also allows a family the flexibility they may need in planning and preparing for a memorial service, celebration-of-life, or a scattering ceremony. While the cremation process can occur almost immediately (once all the proper paperwork is complete), the decisions required in planning a meaningful memorial for a loved one can be made in a relaxed, rational way.

You can also be sure that concern for the environment ranks high among many who choose cremation. Casketed and embalmed remains take up cemetery space and can pollute the ground water but many still question the amount of atmospheric pollution created by the cremation process.

We are caring cremation experts who promise each family we serve the highest level of:

Courteous, professional service.
Our dedicated staff will take care of all details, including prompt filing of required permits and notifications. Accurate completion of these essential documents not only ensures their acceptance by local or provincial agencies; it guarantees your loved one's cremation will not be delayed. We also ensure that our cremation services are competitive in terms of the cost of cremation.

Respectful care of the deceased and timely completion of cremation process.
Your loved one will be attended to by certified crematory operators; each of whom has been trained to provide both compassionate care for the deceased, and conscientious attention to detail throughout the cremation process.

Safekeeping and prompt return of cremated remains.
We know it's important for the families we serve to know their loved one will be coming home as soon as possible. That's why we promise to notify you as soon as their ashes become available, and safeguard their urn until the time you are ready to receive them.

Other Reasons You Might Choose Cremation Services

  • 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 have environmental concerns.
  • Perhaps you are worried about the use of valuable land for cemetery space or believe it is wrong to fill the ground with materials that won't erode ... metal coffins and concrete vaults.
  • You want to keep the costs down.
  • Selecting cremation does not mean, however, that you will have an inexpensive funeral. You may choose a more elaborate casket, a viewing, or decide to have the cremated remains buried in the ground or placed in a columbarium. These choices can increase the cost to those of a traditional funeral.


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Cremation Options

We offer three cremation options; each can be modified to meet your needs:

1. Traditional cremation services. These are much like a traditional funeral. The body of the deceased, placed in a specially-selected cremation casket or a rental casket, is the focal point of the service. A visitation can take place prior to the funeral service and the cycle is completed with the cremation rather than a traditional burial. Once the cremation has occurred, the cremated remains are returned to your family. You can then decide to scatter, bury, or retain the cremated remains in an urn.

2. Memorial service after the cremation has taken place. This can occur at any time after the cremation process. The urn is usually on display at the service, which can take place in any setting preferred by the family.

3. Direct cremation. This involves completion of all required paperwork and the transportation of the deceased from the hospital, home, nursing facility, or coroner's office to the crematory. This is usually the best option for those who have cremation cost as a chief concern.


Decisions You Must Make If You Choose Cremation Services

  • 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.
  • Most jurisdictions have laws prohibiting the scattering of remains; others require a permit. Ask your funeral director.

We are always available to help answer questions you may have! Browse our information on celebration of life services and how they compare to funerals.

Why You Should Think of Us as Your Trusted Cremation Services Provider

We've had years of experience serving many families, so we understand and respect your decisions. Not only that, we will take all the time you may need to make an informed decision. Call us today at 403-528-2599 or 1-800-317-2647 or email us through the Contact Us form.

We encourage you to contact us to discuss the cremation services we offer and to explore cremation costs. We are here to help you make an informed decision. Simply call 403-528-2599 or 1-800-317-2647 to ask any questions.

Sources:
Mathisen, Tyler, "Cremation is the Hottest Trend in the Funeral Industry".