How To Select The Best Cremation Service Company

By: Alterna Cremation
Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Amid the tremendous grief that accompanies the passing of a loved one, a multitude of tasks and final arrangements must also be completed. For many families, choosing a cremation service provider is an immediate necessity, but this task can feel overwhelming—especially when navigating the world of cremation services for the very first time.

At Alterna Cremation, our compassionate and experienced team regularly connects with family members looking to choose the best cremation service provider for their loved one—but aren't sure where to begin. If this describes your situation, you'll appreciate the clear, genuine, and supportive guidance below.

Asking questions is a critical part of selecting a cremation service provider, and at Alterna Cremation, we're always available to answer yours. While we strive to provide comprehensive and up-to-date information on our website, we also welcome you to connect with us by phone or in person anytime.

Location and Availability

When selecting the right cremation provider, location may be a determining factor. While some families and individuals appreciate the convenience of being able to make cremation service arrangements entirely online or by phone, many prefer to visit one or more facilities in person to meet with service providers and get a feeling of where their loved one will be taken into care.  

At Alterna Cremation, we wholeheartedly welcome individuals and families to our East Saint Paul cremation facility, conveniently located at 2495C Henderson Hwy, just a few seconds north of the Perimeter.

Trustworthiness and Reputability

Ensuring that you select a reputable and trustworthy cremation company is crucial. To this end, we strongly recommend the following:

  • Confirm that the service providers are fully licensed and properly insured. (If you're not 100% sure, don't hesitate to ask.)
  • Look for an up-to-date website that is well-organized and maintained.
  • Seek out online reviews and testimonials. Speak with other community members who have experience with the quality of cremation services provided, if possible.
  • Meet with service providers in person, or at least speak with them on the phone, to assess their professionalism and industry knowledge.

Price and Value of Services

The grieving period is a vulnerable time, and cremation service pricing should be as straightforward and transparent as possible. Unfortunately, some cremation companies tack on extra fees and add-ons to cremation packages that aren't included in their service quotes. In Canada, reputable funeral homes maintain an itemized list of their service and product prices and provide a copy of this list upon request. When researching cremation options, be sure to inquire about any hidden fees.

At Alterna Cremation, our Direct Cremation Package is $1,395 + GST and includes everything you need.

Additional Services

If you're seeking additional services or products, such as memorial service planning, ash scattering, or keepsakes, it's a good idea to inquire about them when researching cremation providers. It's essential that the services offered by the provider you ultimately select align with your memorial vision for your loved one (as well as reflect their own requests when known).

At Alterna Cremation, we are proud to provide compassionate and dignified direct cremation services at-need. For more information about our Winnipeg crematorium, contact us today.

 

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