Q. My spouse wants a traditional burial while I’ve decided on cremation. What can we do?
A. At our cemeteries you can choose a lot space that allows for the burial of a casket and an urn together. Find out as much as possible about the many options designed to respect the personal wishes of the individual partners while accommodating their mutual desire to remain forever close.
Q. How much does a funeral cost?
A. Funeral costs vary greatly depending on the service and specific items chosen. There are many options available today to create a fitting ceremony tailored to suit any budget. Detailed prices and options are available from your nearest Arbor funeral home.
Q. I have family buried in a cemetery in another city but I’d like to remember them on special days. What can I do?
A. All cemeteries offer a special Personal Tributes program to help families pay tribute to loved ones buried elsewhere. Trees of Remembrance, memorial benches, sundials, statues, etc., can be purchased and dedicated to the memory of your loved one. Your local cemetery offers a booklet explaining the options available. Call for your copy.
Q. Is embalming always necessary for a funeral service?
A. While embalming is not a legal requirement in most provinces, our professional experience tells us that effective proper decedent care can help a family in the grieving process. In addition, it will aid in preserving the natural appearance of your loved one, and allow you to elect to have an open casket. Feel free to ask your funeral director for more information.
Q. Is cremation less expensive than traditional ground burial?
A. It can be. Costs associated with either option depend on the services selected, where the remains will be placed, the kind of urn, casket or container selected and the type of funeral or memorial service chosen. With so many variables the individual can design exactly what’s most appropriate personally and financially for either means of disposition. The most economical solution of all is to plan well ahead of time so the costs are incurred at today’s prices and in today’s dollars.
Q. Will the cemetery always look as good as it does today?
A. Yes. We have taken great pride in well maintained cemeteries. To ensure this, a portion of the price for each cemetery space paid is deposited into a care fund for care and maintenance of the properties guaranteeing no further cost to the family. Independent trustees invest the care fund in accordance with provincial laws.
Q. I don’t need cemetery space. Wouldn’t scattering save my children a lot of trouble?
A. People sometimes romanticize the notion of scattering but all too often the surviving loved ones later discover a longing for a place to visit and pay tribute. This decision, designed to spare family from undue stress, can actually create an uncomfortable situation for individual members. With so many new, non-traditional choices for memorialization such as benches, memorial rocks and trees etc. there’s sure to be an option available that respects your wish to keep it simple while providing loved ones what they personally need to cope with loss. Talk it over with your family and a trained Arbor specialist. There’s no obligation in finding out what works best for everyone.
Q. My wishes are outlined in my Will... so why would I need to pre-arrange?
A. A Will is an important legal document, however, final wishes and directives contained in a Will may not be honoured because the Will isn’t read until after the funeral. Pre-plan with a specialist to be sure.
Q. Is a casket necessary for cremation?
A. Cremation is merely a form of disposition. Many families who chose cremation still elect to have visitation and funeral services, which can include Traditional or Memorial options. Consequently, many choose caskets that meet both their esthetic preferences, and budget.
Q. When I provide money for a pre-arrangement, what guarantee do I have that my money is safe and will be available to pay for the product or service when it is actually required?
A. Legislation requires funeral and cemetery companies to put monies received on account of a pre-arrangement, into a trust account. These trust monies can only be taken out of trust to pay for the delivery of the pre-arranged product or service. Trust monies we receive are held by financial institutions that have Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation depositors insurance.
Q. I don’t care for traditional funerals... is there an alternative for me?
A. Certainly... be as imaginative and unconventional as you like. Choose live music, perhaps a slide or video presentation, create an elaborate theme, or simply arrange a casual meeting of close friends over a coffee in our comfortable reception lounges. Whatever nature of ceremony suits your nature, a trained Arbor specialist can help you achieve it through pre-planning.
Q. Won’t my life insurance cover my final arrangements?
A. For many families life insurance is purchased for the purpose of helping loved ones down the line continue their lifestyle, or maybe even get ahead. As with all things, funeral and cemetery costs are steadily on the rise. Therefore, there’s a risk that much of that insurance money will be needed to pay for final expenses that could be more affordably taken care of now, through pre-arrangement. Call your local Arbor Representative today to find out how to save your loved ones thousands of dollars.
Q. Do I have to have an open casket?
A. This decision is left to the wishes of the individual and/or immediate family. If you have an opinion about what’s right for you, pre-arrangement is the best way to ensure your wishes are carried out.
Q. Why should I pre-plan my final arrangements?
A. Arranging in advance saves money and stress for your loved ones, guarantees your wishes will be carried out exactly as you’ve prescribed and provides you peace of mind, knowing it’s all been taken care of.
Q. Why should I pre-plan with Arbor?
A. Trusted by generations for over 50 years, Arbor has become Canada’s largest cemetery and funeral home company on the strength of superior service, expertise and a drive to continually provide creative ideas, facilities and services to better serve the evolving needs of today’s families. Call to find out more about our transfer policies, Family Security Benefits and the very latest innovative products. At Arbor you can speak with our friendly professionals and get the facts you need to make good decisions without pressure or obligation.