What is direct cremation?

Direct Cremation is a term that means different things to different people. When planning for a direct cremation it is helpful to know that even with this simple choice, there are still many options that exist and many choices that must be made. In asking for a simple direct cremation some people only want the funeral home to pick up a person from the place of death and return the cremated remains to the family once the cremation is complete. Others may ask of a direct cremation, but want to have a small family viewing at the funeral home before cremation takes place. Once the cremated remains are returned, some type of memorial may be held at a church, a private home, or one of many other alternative options that are becoming increasingly popular. These may include locations such as a country club, a restaurant, or a hotel. The cremated remains may or may not be present at a memorial such as this, and this type of service can be a meaningful time for family and friends to gather together and celebrate the life of someone who was special to them.

How can a funeral home help with a direct cremation?

Often people assume when they choose direct cremation it means that the funeral home is not able to be of any help to them, however funeral directors can help with many of the little details that can arise when a simple memorial service or a celebration of life takes place. Even though the funeral home may not be present at the memorial we may still be able to direct families to different community resources or provide practical help with items like stationary, flowers or urns if any of those things are required. In addition, we can help accessing different government benefits and provide death certificates needed to facilitate closing the estate.

What can Bardal Funeral Home do to help with direct cremation?

Even when direct cremation is the preferred method of disposition Bardal Funeral Home can help guide you through the many details that must be addressed with the professional attention that we have gained by caring for Winnipeg families for over 120 years, regardless of the type of service that is requested. Whether it is a simple direct cremation, a detailed traditional earth burial or any choice in between; we understand and we are here to help.