On Sunday while at my parent’s place to celebrate Father’s Day with my dad, their neighbor started to ask me questions about cremation. And during this conversation I realized that some of the things that she thought were true – in fact are not so I thought it might be helpful to write this blog to dispel 3 myths about Cremation.
1. When a person dies and they want cremation they go directly to the Crematorium, Right? No, this is not the case.
When a person dies and they select cremation as the form of disposition, the body is taken to the Funeral Home of choice. When a person dies, a Medical Certificate of Death is signed and once the paperwork is completed by the hospital, the body is then said to be released. This is when the funeral home will send a licensed funeral director to the place of death and transfer the deceased to the Funeral Home. Once the body is at the funeral home a Coroner is called to view the deceased at the funeral home and sign a Cremation Application. The Coroner’s Office has the highest authority in the province of Ontario and the Coroner’s signature is verifying that there is nothing suspicious about why or how the person died. Otherwise further investigation may take place and the body would not be cremated. When the death has been registered with the province and the Cremation Application complete, then the body is taken to the Crematorium.
2. If I want to be cremated then I don’t need a casket – right? Mostly this is true.
When a person wishes to be cremated, under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002 the body must transferred to the Crematorium is a rigid, solid bottom, combustible container. For many people a minimal container made out of plain wood or particle board is suitable. Sometimes cardboard is used and usually there is a weight limit for the safe transfer of the deceased in a cardboard cremation casket. Other times people feel the Cremation Casket is too plain and too sparse and then they usually select a particle board casket covered with a blue-grey color felt cloth.
3. I heard that cremated remains have to be buried in a cemetery – Is this true? No, it is not true.
In the province of Ontario the legal paperwork requirements end with what is called a Certificate of Cremation. The document is returned along with the cremated remains to the Funeral Home. The Funeral Home is permitted to collect a deposit up to $350.00 to retain the cremated remains for one year. If the legal representative collects the cremated remains within the one year time frame, then the deposit is refunded. There are at least 8 choices. Cremated remains may be:
Kept by the family
Buried or scattered on your own personal property
Buried or scattered on Crown Land
Buried, scattered or entombed on Cemetery property
Divided among relatives who wish to have some of the cremated remains
Mailed or couriered to another destination
Buried by the Funeral Home in common ground at the cemetery
Transformed into an urn or memorial jewelry
What is to be done with cremated remains is often overlooked. People are definite that they want cremation. Yet when I ask what they want done with the cremated remains there is a blank look on their face. Ideally and hopefully, the deceased left detailed instructions outlining what they wanted done with their cremated remains.
I welcome any questions you have concerning cremation and look forward to hearing from you. Don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog if you have one via the commentluv feature here on the site.