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Cremation – What is the cost of a Funeral Anyway?

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What is the cost of a funeral anyway? is a question I am often asked. The answer is that it depends on the type of funeral or celebration of life you wish to setup and prepay. For example, there is a growing trend to select cremation as the choice of disposition, so I will discuss this option in this blog post. The cost of cremation depends on the crematorium that the funeral home uses and can range from approximately $450.00 to $650.00 or more. Additionally with cremation there are 2 mandatory disbursements:

  1. The fee to register the death in the municipality where the death occurred. This is usually $50.00.
  2. In addition, the Coroner must sign a Certificate of Cremation and this is a provincial fee of $75.00.

When considering a direct disposition this means that the funeral home is doing the work required to comply with the rules and regulations of the province. The funeral home is not involved with any visiting or services to celebrate the life of the deceased.

The work the funeral will do with a direct cremation is:

  1. Transfer the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home
    2. Shelter the deceased at the funeral while the death is registered with the municipality and the Coroner signs the cremation application
    3. Meet with the deceased personal representative to complete the necessary documents – funeral services contract, signing the Statement of Death and the Cremation Application
    4. Place the deceased into a cremation casket
    5. Place the cremation casket into a transfer van
    6. Take the deceased to the crematorium
    7. Return to the crematorium and pick up the cremated remains
    8. Meet with the personal representative to return the cremated remains and associated documents such as the Proof of Death Certificates and the Certificate of Cremation.

Funeral Homes will have a service fee for a Direct Disposition and it may range from $1,200.00 to $3,000.00 or more, depending on the funeral home. Last year in Ontario the provincial average service fee for direct disposition was $1,577.00

In addition to the work that the funeral home completes, the deceased must be placed in a rigid solid bottom combustible container suitable for Cremation. Funeral Homes may use cardboard, particle board or select woods for such a container and the cost ranges from $150.00 to $850.00 or more. In Ontario in 2014 the average cost of a cremation casket or container was $336.00

Putting together the average cost for the funeral homes work at $1,577.00 and the average cost of a Cremation Casket at $336.00, the average cost for a direct disposition was $1,959.00 via the Ontario Board of Funeral Services Quick Facts 2014.

As you can see, the cost of a funeral involving cremation depends on the level of goods and services selected and applicable taxes, plus the mandatory and selected disbursements.

The best way to determine the cost of the funeral or celebration of life you would like to setup to honor your life is to contact me for a complimentary consultation.  You can connect with me via email or telephone, leave a comment right here on the site, or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.

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There is no time better than now to look into this, set things up the way you want, prepay it and then file the papers away and move on with the other things going on in your life.

Until next time,


Katherine Downey is the #1 Funeral Preplanning Professional in Canada for the fourth time. She is a professional educator and licensed funeral director specializing in prepaid funeral planning. To set up an appointment or have your questions answered, please contact her directly.


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