Cremation Service Questions & Answers

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When considering cremation for yourself or your loved one, there are many options. In this blog, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about cremation so you can be informed about what services are offered.

Who can perform a cremation?

In Ontario, under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002, a crematorium requires a Crematorium Operator License to operate a crematorium.  

Woodlawn Crematorium at Woodlawn Memorial Park is the only licensed crematorium in the City of Guelph.

When meeting with a funeral service provider or transfer service, be sure to inquire about which crematorium will be used. If you decide to use Woodlawn’s crematorium, you can rest assured that the utmost dignity will be exercised by our compassionate team throughout the process.

Can I witness the cremation?

Yes. This is offered at Woodlawn’s crematorium as it can help to give loved ones peace of mind and aid them through the grieving process.

However, some crematoriums do not allow family members to be present, so it’s a good question to ask.

When will the cremated remains be ready for collection?

Generally speaking, cremated remains are ready a few days after the body arrives at the crematorium. The cremated remains will then be released to either the family or the place where they will be laid to rest in accordance to the direction provided in the cremation application.

Do I need to purchase an urn?

Unless it is the family’s wish, an urn does not need to be purchased in most cases. At Woodlawn, our cremation fee includes the careful packaging of the cremated remains in a rigid black vinyl utility urn, and then into a cardboard box. This rigid utility urn can be used for interment into the ground or into a standard niche. If another crematorium is providing the cremation service, be sure to ask them how the cremated remains will be returned.

What options are available for cremated remains?

Options include:

  1. Ground burial with a flat marker or an upright monument
  2. Columbarium niches
  3. Scattering in our Garden of Life or our ossuary

Any of the above options will provide a place for family and friends to visit and reflect on the memories shared, and the burial is recorded in the public record for future generations.

Can cremation fees be prepaid?

Yes. You can prepay the cremation fee for yourself or for someone for whom you are legally responsible. Prepaying locks in the cost of the service at today’s price and eases the financial responsibility for executors at the time of need. Prepaying the cremation fee at Woodlawn crematorium will also ensure that the cremation will be performed at our location.

Woodlawn Memorial Park has all the services you need  to make final arrangements for yourself or your loved one. Our team is here to answer any questions you may have.

Contact us for a no-obligation meeting to review and discuss your wishes.

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