Cremation Options

Cremation Plans Reflect Personal Choices

Deciding between burial and cremation is one of the first decisions you’ll make when you consider final arrangements for yourself or a loved one, and it will influence other decisions you’ll make regarding your funeral or memorial service and cemetery property, too.

It’s important to remember to plan for the permanent placement, or “final disposition,” of cremated remains – that is, what happens to the ashes after the cremation takes place. Placement of cremated remains is a cremation garden or a mausoleum designed for urns called a “columbarium” at your local cemetery is important for many reasons:

  • A permanent site gives loved ones a physical place for visitation and reflection
  • The ceremony accompanying the placement of an urn in a cremation niche or a cremation garden in a cemetery provides family and friends with closure after the loss of a loved one
  • When ashes of a loved one are kept with relatives, they can easily become misplaced or discarded through the years, as future generations may not feel a connection to the deceased
  • A permanent placement provides future generations with a location to visit when researching heritage

If cremation is your choice or the choice of your loved one, you have many service options when you use a Dignity Memorial® provider. Our caring professionals will gladly work with you to plan cremation services and memorialization that fulfill your wishes and honour your life or the life of your loved one.

Families can select items individually or, to make the selection process even easier, Dignity Memorial providers offer a choice of three Dignity Memorial Cremation Plans. Designed with feedback from consumers, Dignity Memorial Cremation Plans include services and arrangements frequently selected. Plus, a Dignity Memorial Cremation Plan offers benefits and added value over selecting services individually. (Cremation Plans may not be available in all jurisdictions.)

Each Dignity Memorial Cremation Plan includes:

  • Service Vehicle(s)
  • Crematory Fee
  • Cremation Casket / Container
  • Memorial Urn Allowance
  • Memorial Stationery
  • Floral Selection
  • 24-Hour Compassion Helpline®
  • Aftercare® Planner
  • Everlasting Memorial
  • Estate Fraud Protection

Three Dignity Memorial Cremation Plans are available:


Service of Choice

Visitation (one-day)

Deluxe Floral Selection

Heritage Ceremonial Casket

Use of Family Car


Private Family Gathering

Large Floral Selection

Honour Cremation Container

Memorial Service


Private Family Gathering

Floral Selection

Tribute Cremation Container


The merchandise and services include in a plan may vary at different providers. Contact your Dignity Memorial provider to learn about the contents of the Dignity Memorial cremation plans it offers.


Additional Cremation Plan Services and Benefits

Included with the Dignity Memorial Cremation Plans are the following benefits and services, some of which may also be purchased separately.

Child / Grandchild Protection Plan
Acknowledging that nothing can ease the pain of losing a child or grandchild, we offer financial relief for those who choose a Dignity Memorial Cremation Plan. We will provide funeral or cremation services, at no cost, at any Dignity Memorial provider, up to the level of the plan you have selected. The child or grandchild must be less than 21 years of age and unmarried.

24-Hour Compassion Helpline®
When traditional support like family or clergy is unavailable, you and your family are invited to use our toll-free Compassion Helpline for up to one year. The Helpline is staffed by professionals who have advanced degrees and are specially trained in grief counseling. May be purchased separately. 24-Hour Compassion Helpline is provided by Charles Nechtem & Associates, Inc.

Aftercare® Planner
This comprehensive estate management guide, with more than 70 pre-written letters, is an invaluable tool in helping finalize business and personal affairs that arise when a death occurs. It provides clear direction and valuable information that may also reduce legal and professional fees. May be purchased separately.

Estate Fraud Protection
In order to protect against identity theft, this protection plan notifies key organizations that a loved one has died. The Estate Fraud Protection service will save you time and frustration and ensure the necessary information is communicated quickly.

Everlasting Memorial®
Encompassing online, print and DVD media, the Everlasting Memorial allows your family to share remembrances of your loved one today and preserve these special memories for generations to come. May be purchased separately.

The Everlasting Memorial includes:

  • A DVD of the MeM Moving Memories™ movie, a presentation of the images of the Memorial set to beautiful music
  • A biography which may include any length of text
  • Written and Audio Guest Books, to which family and friends may submit both written and spoken messages; these messages may then be published to the Memorial online
  • A Life Remembered™ book, professionally bound and printed, telling your loved one’s life story with the Memorial’s biography, images and Guest Book messages
  • Register Book and Service Items personalized with images and biographical information
  • A beautiful black leather album, containing a high-quality print version of the Memorial’s content as well as space to hold MeM Moving Memories DVD, keepsakes and mementos

Additional Dignity Memorial Benefits

The Dignity Memorial® network offers you more services than anyone else in North America. Whether you select a Dignity Memorial Cremation Plan for yourself or your loved one, or select services and merchandise individually, you’ll receive these exclusive benefits when you choose a Dignity Memorial provider.

Bereavement Travel Services
We provide the best available travel options throughout Canada and the U.S. and to many international destinations. On a moment’s notice, dedicated travel specialists will seek the best available airfares as well as hotel accommodations and car rentals for all family and friends to attend a funeral, cremation, memorial or graveside service. There is a nominal fee associated with the issuance of an airline ticket.

100% Service Guarantee
Each Dignity Memorial provider is committed to service beyond expectation before, during and after the service. To that end, we offer this guarantee: if there is anything we can do to meet your individual needs, please let us know and we will take care of it immediately.

National Transferability
Should you move more than 160 kilometres from where your original arrangements were made, your prearranged funeral services are fully transferable and will be honoured by any Dignity Memorial provider throughout North America.

Dignity Memorial Guidance Series
Dignity Memorial providers understand that the loss of a loved one is extremely difficult, as is the accompanying grief. Our bereavement materials were developed to support and comfort those coping with these complex emotions. An extensive collection of booklets, DVDs and CDs offers professional advice and compassionate insight.

Personal Planning Guide
This helpful guide gives you everything you need to organize vital information like personal affairs, family heritage, military history, estate information and so much more. The Personal Planning Guide also makes your wishes known. It’s a great benefit to your family and relieves them of having to make many difficult decisions.


Additional Products

Away From Home Protection®
Away From Home Protection is offered by American Pre-Arrangement Services, Inc. American Pre-Arrangement Services, Inc. provides for the repatriation of remains when death occurs more than 160 kilometres from the permanent residence of the party for whom it was purchased. American Pre-Arrangement Services, Inc. will provide full assistance, including consular services, should death occur outside of Canada. Death must occur more than 160 kilometres from permanent residence. Not available for purchase in Alberta or British Columbia.

Ready to make your cremation plan selection now? Start planning right away with our free online planning tool. You can make your selections online and share them automatically with the family members or friends you designate. Or contact a Dignity Memorial provider near you to request your free Personal Planning Guide.

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Dignity Memorial® professionals are knowledgeable in the funeral and burial traditions of all faiths and cultures.

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