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Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body. Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.
Embalming can help restore a more natural appearance, especially in circumstances where the deceased has been ill for some time.
Embalming is not required by law in certain circumstances. However, embalming may be necessary if you select certain funeral arrangements, such as a funeral with viewing or should your loved one need to travel from province to province or by countries. If you do not want embalming, you have the right to choose an arrangement that does not require embalming to take place, such as direct cremation or immediate burial.
Today, there are many different types of memorial options from which to choose. Memorialization is a time-honored tradition that has been practiced for centuries. A memorial serves as a tribute to a life lived and provides a focal point for remembrance, as well as a record for future generations. The type of memorial you choose is a personal decision.
It really depends entirely on how you wish to commemorate a life. One of the advantages of cremation is that it provides you with increased flexibility when you make your funeral and cemetery arrangements. You might, for example, choose to have a funeral service before the cremation; a memorial service at the time of cremation or cremation can take place after a visitation with the urn present for the service. A simple committal service at the final disposition of cremated remains is also an option. (One should note, that in the province of New Brunswick cremation cannot take place before a legislated 48 hour waiting period has elapsed). Funerals, memorial services or celebration of life ceremonies can be held in a place of church, worship, a funeral home, residence or a public facility of your choice.
With cremation, your options are numerous
In the days following a loss, there are numerous tasks that should be completed. This can include protecting your loved ones estate from identity theft and notifying government agencies of the death. Our extensive aftercare program can help you determine your particular needs. Your funeral director would be honoured to meet with you to alleviate any stress estate settlement may pose.
There are options available that your funeral director can help you with, including: