4 Types Of Cremation: Understanding The Differences

By: Northwood Funeral Home
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

After a person passes, the person can be entombed, buried, or cremated. Many cultures around the world cremate those who have passed away and this practice is now gaining popularity in Canada. We at Northwood Funeral Home get many questions related to cremation.

Various Cremation Processes

Because there are four unique cremation methods, it's important to know the differences between them.

  • Cremation with a traditional service - This type of cremation incorporates both cremation and a traditional funeral service, including open casket, a visitation and service, followed by cremation.
  • Cremation with a memorial service or celebration of life - With this type of service, the loved one is cremated prior to services or celebrations and an urn is present.
  • Cremation without a ceremony (direct cremation) – A direct cremation is considered a “no service option”.  There is no viewing or services after the passing, the funeral home meets with the family to go over the necessary documentation required. The loved one will be cremated and returned into the care of the family.
  • Cremation with the Body Being Donated to Science - Sometimes people donate their body to science, and there are organizations, which handle this. These scientific organizations also handle the responsibility of cremating the body and the family does not have to bear these expenses. This needs to be organized by the specific institute the body is being donated to, and in place prior to a person’s death. This not something the funeral home is able to organize for you.

These four different types of cremation have very specific characteristics and you can select an option that suits you best. For details about how we can help answer any of your questions about cremation services, please call Northwood Funeral Home. Speak with our knowledgeable and helpful team; they will provide you with the information you need.

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