Cremation Questions Answered

Coffin being cremated in a crematorium.

Cremation Questions Answered

Although cremation is a common practice, the average person knows very little about it. Below, we have answered a few common cremation questions. To make certain that proper cremation procedures are followed at all times, Oliver’s Funeral Home owns and operates its own crematorium. This ensures that your loved one never leaves our care, giving us all peace of mind.
Remember cremation is not an alternative to a funeral, but rather an alternative to burial.

Is a casket needed for Cremation?

A casket or cremation container is required. This may be a simple plywood cremation container or a more traditional veneer or hardwood casket. At Oliver’s, we offer a variety of options for cremation caskets.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?

No. However, we may recommend embalming if there is an extensive visitation or viewing.

Can the body be viewed without embalming?

Yes, within normal circumstances.

Can the family witness the cremation?

At Oliver’s, you can. We have a comfortable room next to the crematorium with a viewing window so the start of the cremation can be viewed if the family wishes. For some people, this can help with closure.

Witness Cremation Viewing Room
Witness Cremation Viewing Room

What can be done with the cremated remains?

While laws vary from province to province, for the most part remains can be buried in a cemetery lot, interred in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered. Check with your funeral director about local laws for scattering ashes.

How long does the actual cremation take?

It depends on the weight of the individual. For an average-sized adult, cremation usually takes three to four hours.

Do I need an urn?

An urn is not required by law. However, if no urn is selected or provided by the family then the cremated remains will be placed in a minimum basic urn provided by our crematorium. Anything that holds cremated remains may be used as an urn.

If you have questions, please give us a call. We would be pleased to have a conversation with you and there’s absolutely no obligation. If you prefer, please send us an e-mail or even drop by and speak to us face-to-face. 780.532.2929

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