Direct Cremation Winnipeg
$1395 + GST
Our $1395 Direct Cremation package includes everything you need except an urn; And you don't even need to buy one from us. We do have very affordable, quality urns available, but you can also choose to have your loved one's remains returned in a basic, dignified container provided by Alterna at no additional charge.
We offer a Direct Cremation package at the cost of $1395 + GST. This package includes everything you need: transfer from the place of death into our care, transfer to the crematorium, the cremation itself, a basic cremation container for the dignity of the deceased, registration of death and up to six Funeral Director Statements of Death. We also offer obituary writing assistance as part of the package, should you need help putting pen to paper in remembrance of your loved one.
Although our Direct Cremation package doesn’t include an urn, you are not required to buy one. You are welcome to bring in your own urn, or we can simply return the cremated remains in a simple and dignified packaging at no charge. If you do decide to purchase an urn from us, rest assured that the urns that we offer are both high-quality and affordable.
There are a number of reasons you might choose cremation. These reasons include practical, personal, cultural and spiritual concerns. The reasons for choosing cremation may vary dramatically from person to person.
Cremations typically cost substantially less than a burial service. This is because a traditional funeral, where a casket is present, usually requires embalming, a casket, use of a funeral chapel or place of worship, a fleet of cars and interment in a plot that has been purchased for the purposes. The costs of all of these services can make burial services several times more expensive than cremation services.
One might be motivated to elect for cremation if they have environmental concerns. Burials generally involve using materials that are inherently difficult for the earth to help decompose. These concerns cause some to prefer cremation, although whether cremation truly is the greener option is still up for debate.
In addition to those more pragmatic concerns, a person might want to be cremated because it’s more culturally resonant. In Canada, more people are cremated than are buried, so cremation has become the cultural norm for us. Cremation is not, however, a new practice; cremation has been practiced in a wide variety of cultures for thousands of years. In fact, cremation has been used since prehistoric times as a funeral rite, and a wide variety of different religions and cultures consider the practice sacred.
There are a wide variety of personal reasons one might choose cremation. Some find the idea of decomposing uncomfortable, and some who are claustrophobic chafe at the thought of burial. Some want to be with their loved ones after they pass away in a more physical sense, and an urn can be kept in a home. There are even some who elect to have their ashes placed in several smaller urns, so the urns can be kept in the homes of family and friends.
There are also the wanderers among us, those who wouldn’t feel content if their final resting place was one location. These individuals might elect to have their ashes scattered; our scattering service might be a good fit for those who were adventurers in life, though their loved ones can elect to keep the ashes and scatter them themselves, given they get the appropriate permissions from landowners or the government.
Another reason you might choose cremation, one which is both practical and emotional, is time. Planning a funeral is incredibly complex; you might need to coordinate people from all around the world to come to the ceremony. When cremation is chosen, there’s substantially more time available to plan the funeral, as the ashes don’t need to be buried, so there’s no set time frame for when the ceremony has to happen.
Why Alterna Cremation
Alterna Cremation was created out of two simple but strong desires: the desire to help others, and the desire to provide an alternative to the traditional funeral home. Our Funeral Director, Ashley Newton, began working in funeral service as a result of her desire to help others going through what might be the most difficult moment in their lives. She saw the need to create a place where people could gather in remembrance of their loved ones, a place where cremation was a valued and respected funeral rite. She realized that most Canadians wanted cremation, and sought to create a place where those desires would be respected.
We are a locally-owned, locally run company; we are committed to working with others in the area in order to create a responsible, compassionate and community-driven funeral home. In light of this, we work with local florists to provide flower arrangements, and have scattering services available.
Our commitment to community and compassion extends beyond the paid services we offer. We seek to make as many resources available for the bereaved as possible, from how to better manage grief to what the appropriate etiquette is for a funeral. There are legal resources available on our site as well, and we will help guide you through what can be a daunting amount of work during a very difficult time.
We understand that the decision to be cremated is an incredibly personal one, as is the decision to cremate a loved one. There are times when it can be difficult to assess what your loved one would have wanted, especially if they have not left instructions about how they want their funeral arrangements to proceed. We will take the time to discuss your loved one’s life with you, to better understand what funeral services might be best. We will help you craft an obituary, help plan a service if desired, help with the paperwork, help with anything you need. That’s why we’re here. That’s why Alterna Cremation was created; for cremation services Winnipeg can rely on in times of need. We want to serve you in what might be one of the hardest times of your life. Should you have any questions, should you need anything at all, don’t hesitate to call, any time of day, or to email us. We’re here for you.