After a passing, when burial is the chosen disposition, our experienced team at Country Hills Crematorium will work with you every step of the way to make the necessary choices and decisions required.

We work with all local cemeteries and will also coordinate burials at cemeteries worldwide. As part of the burial, families may choose from a number of services options, including a visitation, funeral and/or graveside service.


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Traditionally, a burial service involves a visitation and is followed by a funeral service. While the casket is typically present at both these events, it is your decision whether to have the casket open. You then have a number of options for interment. Decisions also need to be made on whether the body needs to be embalmed, what kind of casket to use, what cemetery to use and what to put on the gravestone.

We will provide guidance and support as needed to help you through the process of making these decisions.

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What is required for a burial?

When you or your loved one will be buried, a cemetery will need to be chosen. Other decisions will include choosing a casket and whether or not the body will be embalmed. You will also decide what text to place on the gravestone or plaque, its style, size and design. Often times the section of the cemetery chosen will determine the options of memorialization you’re able to choose. Interment options can include a mausoleum (above ground burial), natural (green burial) or a traditional burial. Some burials may have the option of two burials in one space, one at extra depth and a second at standard depth.

The cost of a burial can range widely based on the cemetery options chosen, the casket and if you will be having a visitation, funeral service and reception. Our team can help you to determine the best options for you within your budget.

Yes, many families who choose to have a burial without a funeral will have a ceremony at the cemetery and this is referred to as a Graveside Service. Like funeral services, there are many ways to create a fitting Graveside Service If a burial is chosen without anyone present, it would be referred to as a Direct Burial. In this case, the body will be interred without any ceremony or service. Families who choose this option may still choose to have a memorial service or celebration of life. Regardless of the type of burial that is chosen, there are many casket options to choose from.

Whether you choose a funeral, memorial service, celebration of life or private service, all types of services and ceremonies have significance and value to the attendees. All services provide a caring, supportive environment where loved ones and friends can recognize the death, and to share thoughts and feelings about that person. These types of gatherings are the first step in the healing process.

What types of caskets are available?

Country Hills Crematorium offers many caskets to choose from. In Western Canada, over 90% of the caskets sold are made of wood. Wood caskets can be made of fine hardwood such as oak, cherry, maple or ash, while other caskets that are less expensive are made of MDF or plywood and covered in wood veneer or fabric. Caskets can also, less commonly, be made of metal, 18 or 20 gauge steel or precious metal, copper or bronze. Regardless of the material used to make the casket, it can be personalized in a variety of ways to reflect the life of a loved one.

Please contact us to learn more about casket options.

Prices vary, depending on the material used to construct the casket including the outside case of wood or metal and the type of finishing, the fabric and finishes on the inside, the bedding that is used and the style of and type of material used for the handles.

Please contact us to learn more about casket options and pricing.

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, impedes the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of a loved one’s body. This is done by using preservative chemicals in the body’s circulatory system. It makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service they will find most comforting. Embalming the body also enables mourners to view the deceased if they wish. The emotional benefits of viewing the deceased are significant, particularly to those having difficulty accepting or dealing with the death.

Embalming is not required by law, but we highly recommend it if you want a viewing. The factors of time, health and possible legal requirements might make embalming either appropriate or necessary. Embalming may be required if the deceased is being transported by air to another country where local laws need to be observed. Funeral homes in Calgary can advise you on the requirements in these situations.

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