The next time someone passes away in Nova Scotia, the funeral home will likely perform a cremation and a very short memorial. According to a January 2017 report published by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, cremation is vastly surpassing burials as families in Nova Scotia are concerned about the costs of honoring the memories of their dearly departed.
The CBC report found that the cost of cremation and related posthumous services will greatly vary from one funeral home to another. The range is between CAD $1,200 to $5,500 before taxes. The minimum service offered is called a basic or direct cremation, and what is rendered for this package will depend on the funeral home.
What Cremation Entails
The funeral home industry has a difficult time educating the public about the afterlife. According to a funeral home director interviewed by the CBC, most families tend to be unprepared when their loved ones pass away; Canadian society tends to celebrate life and has an unconscious desire to block out the thought of someone shuffling off this mortal coil.
What Canadian families should know is that basic packages include transportation, paperwork completion and filing, cremation, one original death certificate, and a cardboard urn to hold the ashes temporarily. In some cases, death benefits from the Canada Pension Plan or from Veterans Affairs may be available, and the funeral home may provide assistance with making the proper claims.
At a time when the effects of the global financial crisis are still being felt across many regions of Canada, it is important to keep in mind that burial plots are not something that everyone will be able to afford. In fact, cremations are expected to become even more common from now until the end of the decade.
Information for Roman Catholics
In 2006, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops clarified the issue of how the Church views the practice of cremation.
While it is true that the Roman Catholic faith at one point prohibited cremations, that is no longer the case. Burial is an ancient Christian practice adopted from Jewish customs that underscore reverence for the dead. Since the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, proper Catholic burial became a way to honor this belief.
Since 1984, the Catholic Church in Canada has been granted the practice of celebrating the liturgy with cremated remains present. This means that cremation is a practice compatible with the Catholic faith. In general, the local parish should be approached when one of their faithful passes away; there may be an opportunity to organize a funeral liturgy before cremation takes place, and the congregation may even help with the entombment of the ashes. Visit Aftercare Cremation & Burial Service for more information and resources.