Cremation in Saskatoon: A Comprehensive Guide

Mallory J Greene
Mallory J Greene
May 22nd 2024 - 5 minute read
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Cremation is a growing choice for end-of-life care in Saskatoon, offering a dignified and personalized alternative to traditional burials. This guide explores the cremation process, costs, legalities, and aftercare options to help you make informed decisions during a difficult time.

Cremation is a growing choice for end-of-life care in Saskatoon, offering a dignified and personalized alternative to traditional burials. This guide explores the cremation process, costs, legalities, and aftercare options to help you make informed decisions during a difficult time.

What is the Cremation Process?

The cremation process is a safe and environmentally controlled procedure. Here's a simplified breakdown:

  1. Authorization:  A qualified professional, like a doctor or funeral director, verifies the deceased and authorizes cremation.
  2. Preparation:  The deceased is carefully prepared and identified following all legal guidelines.
  3. Cremation:  The body is placed in a cremation chamber reaching high temperatures, reducing it to bone fragments.
  4. Processing: The cremated remains (ashes) are cooled and processed into a fine, bone powder.
  5. Return:  The cremated remains are returned to the family in a secure urn or container.

What is the Cremation Cost?

The cost of cremation in Saskatoon can vary depending on the service provider and the options you choose. It typically ranges from $2,000 to $4,000. Factors influencing cost include:

  • Basic Cremation Services: This includes the cremation itself and the return of cremated remains.
  • Additional Services:  Viewing, memorial services, transportation of the deceased, and urns are typically extra.
  • Facility and Provider: Funeral homes may offer packages or tiered service options.

Who Can I Call to Make Cremation Arrangements?

For compassionate and personalized cremation services in Saskatoon, consider contacting Eirene Cremations.  We specialize in cremation and offer flexible options to suit your needs.

Is Financial Assistance Available for End-of-Life Arrangements?

The Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP) may provide financial assistance for funeral and cremation costs for eligible individuals.  Contact your local SAP office for details and eligibility requirements.

What is Direct Cremation?

Direct cremation is the most basic cremation option. It involves the cremation process without any formal viewing or ceremony. This is a cost-effective choice for individuals who prefer a simple goodbye.

Is Embalming Required?

Embalming is not mandatory for cremation in Saskatchewan. It's primarily used for viewings or when a delay in cremation is expected. Eirene Cremations can advise you on the necessity of embalming based on your specific circumstances.

What Cremation Funeral Options Are Available?

Cremation allows for a variety of funeral and memorial service options:

  • Memorial Service: This allows family and friends to gather and share memories after the cremation.
  • Graveside Service: You can scatter the cremated remains at a cemetery or designated location, accompanied by a short ceremony.
  • Celebration of Life: A non-religious gathering to celebrate the life of the deceased.

Aquamation, also known as alkaline hydrolysis, is not currently legal in Saskatchewan.  It's a water-based cremation alternative gaining traction in some areas.

Can I Preplan Cremation Arrangements?

Preplanning your cremation allows you to make important decisions in advance, easing the burden on loved ones during a difficult time. Eirene Cremations can guide you through preplanning your cremation and ensure your wishes are documented and respected.

Where Can I Buy a Cremation Urn?

Many funeral homes and online retailers offer a wide variety of cremation urns.  Urns come in various materials (wood, metal, ceramic) and styles to suit your personal preferences.

Can I Witness a Cremation?

Witnessing a cremation is not typically allowed due to safety regulations and the nature of the process.  However, some crematoriums offer families the opportunity to view the cremation chamber beforehand.

What Can I Do With Cremated Remains?

You have several options for cremated remains:

  • Keep them at Home:  Many families choose to keep the cremated remains in an urn at home.
  • Burial: You can bury the cremated remains in a cemetery plot or columbarium niche.
  • Scattering:  Scattering ashes in a designated location is a popular choice. Local regulations regarding scattering should be followed.
  • Keepsakes:  A small portion of ashes can be used to create cremation jewelry or other keepsakes.

Who Regulates Cremation?

The Saskatchewan Funeral Services Regulatory Board (SFSRB) oversees the cremation industry in the province. They ensure adherence to legal and ethical guidelines by cremation providers.

Cremation in Saskatoon is a dignified and personal option for end-of-life care.  By understanding the process, costs, and available choices, you can make informed decisions during a difficult time.

Remember, When Making Decisions Take Time to Grieve

While this guide offers a comprehensive overview of cremation in Saskatoon, remember that losing a loved one is an emotional experience. Don't feel pressured to make immediate decisions. Take time to grieve and discuss your options with family or trusted advisors.

Here are some additional resources that may be helpful during this time:

  • Grief Support Groups: Many organizations offer grief support groups to help individuals cope with loss. Consider contacting The Saskatoon Grief Centre or searching online for local groups.
  • End-of-Life Planning Resources: The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association ( offers resources on end-of-life planning and decision-making.
  • Saskatchewan Bereavement Helpline: This free, confidential service provides emotional support and information to anyone coping with the death of a loved one. Call 1-800-959-1515 (toll-free) or visit their website for more information.

By planning ahead and utilizing available resources, you can ensure a respectful and personalized farewell for your loved one.