Why have a funeral? A funeral is a celebration of life.  As difficult as it can be to discuss death, grief and funerals, it is ultimately more difficult to avoid the topic. Please read through our casket and funeral preparation guides.

General Funeral Information

What to do when death occurs, who to call first?

  • An expected death: call the doctor who was caring for the deceased person.
  • An unexpected death: call emergency services first.
  • No available doctor/emergency services in the area: contact the local coroner’s office.
  • Unsure about the circumstances: contact the local coroner’s office or the Chief Coroner of Ontario.

You need a burial permit before funeral services, including cremation, can be performed.  You need this permit, even if the burial or other arrangements will take place outside the province. You can seek a funeral director for assistance. A death certificate is required, this is usually performed by a funeral director.

For more information, please click on, Service Ontario.

For consumer information, please click on, Consumer Information.

What You Should Know About Arranging a Funeral in Canada

If it is your first time arranging a funeral you can be overwhelmed by where to start and all the things that need consideration.  And add to this the fact that the ‘death industry’ is big business, and many funeral professionals are also slick sales professionals, this can all lead to what is known as a “distressed purchase”. To try and guide you through this difficult process, we have provided some useful links and a few important aspects that may help you.

What Regulations Govern Disposition arrangements in Canada?

A funeral director should receive written authorization to perform disposition services. Telephone consent can initiate a funeral home to begin their professional service, but formal written consent must be given before a cremation or burial can be conducted.

Arranging a Cremation in Canada

Cremation is popular across Canada compared to the whole of North America. At least 48 hours must elapse after time of death before a cremation can be carried out, unless specifically ordered by a medical health officer under the Public Health Act.

Does the Deceased Have to be Embalmed?

No, embalming is not required by law. It is often suggested by funeral directors if there is a delay between the time of death and the disposition, and/or a viewing is requested.

Do I need to use the services of a funeral director for a burial in Toronto?

No, you can arrange a burial without the services of a funeral director.  Some funeral homes in the GTA offer what they call a “transfer service” and this basically means that they will perform the function of collecting the deceased and transporting them to the crematorium or cemetery.  You can arrange to complete the necessary documentation yourself, or the transfer service will do this for you.  A death certificate must be applied for, and a permit to cremate or bury the body.

Visit the Board of Funeral Services Ontario to view information from how to arrange to pre-arrange and Funeral Laws.
Visit the Canadian Funerals Online to view information on Canadian funeral guide and directory of providers to consumer info.

Consumer Info on Funeral Costs

The difference in cost between a burial and a cremation feature on searches is a question people want answered when faced with arranging the funeral of a loved one, or in pre-planning their own funeral arrangements. You may be wondering what funeral services are available. There are three types of funeral services, please visit Types of Funerals.

The question of cost is often one that people feel uncomfortable asking a funeral director, believing that asking “how much”does not seem dignified. This demonstrates just how much of a ‘distressed purchase’ a funeral is, and how culturally we still feel uneasy about the ritual of dying. Yet, with tougher economic times hitting all of us, the cost of dying has become a very important one.  Fortunately, the Internet helps people find answers to the question of cost, without having to go through the discomfort of making multiple enquiries by face or telephone to funeral homes.
A burial will cost significantly more than a cremation.  As a very general guide a cremation is likely to cost a quarter of the cost of a burial.  A simple, direct cremation in Canada can start at around $700, whereas a cremation with a service, and extra disbursements (obit notice, viewing, funeral flowers, etc), may cost in the region of $2,500. The costs between funeral providers can vary tremendously.  It is HIGHLY recommended that you investigate prices from more than one funeral home. Sometimes a cremation can end up costing you more than it would for burial.

If cost IS an important factor in your funeral planning, being armed with this information will enable you to ask informed questions of a possible funeral director.  Do NOT be afraid to ask prices, all funeral homes by law have to provide you with a general price list.  And DO compare prices for equivalent services from more than one funeral provider. Merchandise such as caskets and cremation urns are available outside of funeral homes that can cost from $900 – $3000.

Compare Wood vs Metal Caskets 

Make an informed choice on purchasing the right casket for you. Keep in mind caskets and cremation urns can be purchased elsewhere besides funeral homes. Caskets can be used for burial purposes or in some cultures are cremated along with the body. The casket is a final resting place and chosen by the person themselves or their family members.

Wood caskets are made of solid hard wood and finished in a matte or gloss coat. The design of wood caskets may vary from square-cornered, round-cornered or inter-changeable corner shapes. Typically, different selection of woods are available that vary in price. Common hardwood caskets are available in pine, oak, birch, maple, cherry, walnut and mahogany. These caskets are detailed and assembled by craftsmen. As a result, hand crafted wood caskets of varies wood types are considered more expansive than metal caskets. Veneer wood caskets are a thin layer of select wood type (e.g. cherry) glued onto solid wood to give an outer appearance of that select hardwood casket. This lowers the cost of a desired select hardwood casket.

Metal caskets are made from copper, bronze, stainless steel or steel metal that are often manufactured with a wide selection of corner styles and colours. Cost varies due to thickness of the casket, available in 20 gauge, 18 gauge and 16 gauge. In this case, 18 gauge is thicker than 20 gauge and will cost more than the 20 gauge metal casket. Leaving copper, bronze and stainless steel caskets on the high-end of pricing in the metal casket family. The advantages of these caskets are the numerous corner designs available and the colour selections are endless.

Why & How to Buy a Casket Online

The average casket cost can vary $2,500 – $4,500 with some mahogany, cherry, bronze or copper caskets selling for as much as 13,000. When you visit our showroom, you will see solid hardwood caskets and metal caskets that start from $950. Our online selection is guaranteed quality; exactly the same as that of a funeral home showroom.

You make the decision with our simple and fast online Add to Cart option or a 10-minute phone call with us to arrange everything. All you need to provide us with are your name, address, phone number, date of delivery, and merchandise name and payment information.

Casket Delivery to Funeral Homes

Funeral Law of Ontario protects you. By law, a funeral provider cannot refuse or charge for the delivery and handling of a casket from another source. They cannot increase the cost of services because you did not purchase a casket from them. For some funeral homes they have a specific time of delivery. We guarantee to delivery your casket at requested time. For the GTA, we provide free delivery within 2-hours for immediate need. Call us for more information at, 1 (855) 604-7555.

Funeral Pre-Arrangement: Tips & Advice

Many people plan ahead to prepare for their death referred as Funeral Pre-Arrangement. Many people also pay in advance for their final arrangements, although this is not required.

Why is planning ahead a good idea?

•      It saves your family and friends from having to make many difficult decisions during a time of grief
•      It gives you a say in planning your own arrangements
•      It gives you time to assess and compare your options
•      It helps family and legal representatives who will be making arrangements at the time of need.

Casket Direct offers Pre-planning On Burial Caskets in Wood or Metal. For more information, please contact us at 1 (855) 604-7555.

Grief and Loss Support Links 

Visit http://www.bereavedfamilies.net/ provides individual and group support programs for all ages.
Visit http://www.dcontario.org/ provides professional support for stressful times.
Visit http://griefnet.org/ provides an internet community of people coping with grief, death and loss.
Visit http://kidsaid.com/ provides a safe place for kids to talk to each other about grief and loss.