The body is buried shortly after death, usually in a simple container. No viewing or visitation is involved, so no embalming is necessary. A memorial service may be held at the graveside or later. Direct burial usually costs less than the "traditional," full-service funeral. Costs include the funeral home's basic services fee, as well as transportation and care of the body, the purchase of a casket or burial container and a cemetery plot or crypt. If the family chooses to be at the cemetery for the burial, the funeral home often charges an additional fee for a graveside service.
With cremation services, we at Affinity Memorial Chapel believe you should be able to choose the type of service that you find most meaningful. That's why our list of services includes many options.
Contrary to what most people believe, cremation does not limit one's choices, nor does the choice of cremation necessarily eliminate a funeral service. A funeral service followed by cremation need be no different than a funeral service followed by ground burial. Following the funeral service and cremation, the cremated remains are usually placed in an urn before being committed to a final resting place. The cremation urn may be interred in an existing family burial plot, interred in a special cremation section at a cemetery or placed in an indoor or outdoor cemetery columbarium.
Scattering cremated remains may be done at a designated place on land or water in accordance with provincial and local laws. Scattering cremated remains on someone's private property requires their permission. It is not recommended to scatter on your personal property (should your home be sold) or on public property where others may come into contact with the cremated remains. For many people, it is important to have a permanent place to go to visit. This allows family and friends the ability to remember and celebrate a life that has been lived and touched others.
- Choose burial or cremation
- Select a casket or cremation container
- Choose the location and type of service
- Decide whether you’d like to have a viewing or visitation
- Choose a floral arrangement
- Select which photographs and memorabilia you’d like to display (*optional)
- Consider any customs, traditions, or religious rites that are important to you and your family
- Choose the clothing you’d like to be dressed in – details about grooming, make up etc.
- Select music and hymns, if desired (in some cases, specific singers are listed)
- Arrange transportation for your physical remains and your family
- After prearrangements are done take proper paperwork and notify next of kin of where the paperwork will be kept. Please give your family the paperwork from the funeral home on instructions for later.
- Brainstorm any additional ways you’d like to personalize the services or pay tribute to your accomplishments, hobbies, personality, and life story. (Be sure to add important accolades along the journey).
- Choose a clergy/minister member or officiator to preside over the service
- Select pallbearers – designate honorary pallbearers (or you can leave instructions for family to select at the time of the service).
- Choose friends or family members to participate in the service; reading scripture, or preparing special family tributes and/or remarks
- Choose a cemetery
- Select a burial or cremation plot, or a mausoleum, if appropriate
- Keep those documents in a safe place along with preplanning documents from the funeral home
- Decide between above - and below-ground burial
- Select a memorial or grave marker and inscription
Remember that there’s no need to make all of the decisions right away, and that the purpose of pre-planning is to allow yourself to take the time you need when considering your options and making the choices that are right for you. For personalized assistance in creating your plan, consult one of our preplanning experts by contacting us to schedule a one-on-one meeting. We are honored to assist you along the way.