Funeral Terminology Explained
Cremation is the rapid oxidation of the deceased through the application of intense heat and flame reducing it to bone fragments (not ashes) within a few hours.
Cremation Container is a casket like container that the deceased is placed into for the purpose of the cremation process. This is done for the ease handling for the crematorium operator and the dignity of the deceased. Cremation containers are made of many different products ranging from cardboard to the most exotic woods.
Cremation Urn is the vessel for which the cremated remains are placed into after the cremation has taken place. An urn can be the very basic such as a simple plastic box or they can be made of wood, bronze, brass, marble or even biodegradable material that joins with the earth after time.
Professional Staff and Services
Includes personnel available for the initial call, arrangement conference, various clerical duties and preparation of the obituary notice (cost not included) and funeral directors statement of death.
Registration and Documentation
Includes the preparation of legal documents for the purpose of registering with the Province of Alberta and the delivery of permits and documents.
Transfer of the deceased from the place of death to the funeral facility.
Includes use of the funeral facility for clerical functions and arrangements and possible service. Also includes sheltering of the deceased at the funeral facility until time of disposition.
Disinfection, preservation, and restoration of human remains for the purpose of viewing. (This is completed at the families discretion).
Direct Cremation is the simplest forms of funeral services provided. This type of service provides the very basics and is decided upon when a family desires to have a cremation performed, but does not desire to have any type of formal funeral or memorial service.
Memorial Service is for the family that wishes to have the cremation performed first and then conduct a service afterwards, usually with the urn present. The funeral home is usually involved in the arrangements of these services, but if families so wish they may arrange the service on their own with the funeral home providing the basics, such as service folders, register books, flowers and catering.
Traditional Service means that the deceased is present at the service in a casket with cremation or burial proceeding the service. Caskets may be purchased or rented for this type of service.
Staffing and Directing
Coordination and directing of the memorial service, arranging the minister, floral tributes, catering and other miscellaneous services.