Cremation Information

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Many people these days are choosing cremation because it is affordable and it provides a great variety of choices.

  1. Cochrane Country Funeral Home uses the crematories operated by Pierson’s Funeral Service in Calgary.
  2. Cremation takes place after the Medical Examiner examines the Medical Certificate of Death, signed by the attending physician.  The Medical Examiner will issue a form 4, which gives approval for the cremation to take place.  During this documentation procedure, the deceased is cared for in a climate controlled environment.
  3. There is no regulation in Alberta that require a casket to be used in cremation.  Funeral Homes and crematoriums most often request the deceased be enclosed in a container that is combustible, of rigid construction, and equipped with handles for dignified handling.
  4. Embalming is not necessary, although, if the body requires transportation by air or rail, embalming may be needed.  If a family or a public viewing is requested, then embalming is required.
  5. Mementos such as jewelry etc. should be removed from the deceased before they are taken into our care, as the cremation procedure will destroy these valuables.  Devices such as pacemakers, prosthesis and other medical devices will be removed prior to cremation and disposed of.  It is important to advice our staff of these devices as they pose a serious threat of rupturing which may cause damage to the crematorium or injury to the staff.
  6. After cremation, all that remains of the body is 2 to 3 kilograms of bone fragments (ash) which are carefully removed from the cremation chamber.  The ashes are processed to a fine powder and placed in a temporary container provided by our Funeral home or they will be placed in the custom urn if purchased.
  7. It is possible if wished, a viewing of the cremation can be provided.
  8. A Memorial service or “Celebration of Life”  can take place either with the urn present or without. The memorial service is usually held within a few days or weeks of the death. Memorial services, like funeral services, can be large or small, and can be held in a church, funeral home chapel, or other facility.
  9. Cemetery facilities for receiving cremation remains vary, it is best to check with the cemetery in question.  Some have an urn garden where cremation lots are available, others have columbariums, an above-ground structure where urns are held.   Another option is to bury the remains in a family plot.  Some cemeteries and funeral homes also offer a common scattering garden.
  10. The family may choose to scatter the cremated remains in a particular place, or the deceased may have left specific instructions for this.  However because of the act of scattering remains if irreversible, it is recommended that this decision be discussed and thought out in advance.