In some cases, the deceased or their family may prefer not to have a service. Sometimes this is because they wish to have a private gathering or to hold a service at a later date. In this case, we can coordinate the burial or cremation and be available to you should you desire to hold a memorial service at another time or on your own.

Other times the wish is to simply allow the death to pass without any service or gathering. This is a personal choice and the team at Country Hills Crematorium is here to support you in any way that you need.


Direct Disposition with no Ceremony

We offer the basic level of service in this case so that you can manage your needs appropriately while knowing your loved one has been cared for with the utmost respect. This is also the lowest cost option for those looking to maintain a budget.

The basic services we provide in these circumstances include:

  • Professional services, arrangement conference with one of our Licensed Funeral Directors to plan all service details
  • Assistance with all necessary documentation including but not limited to: CPP, Death Certificate
  • Creation and submission of obituary to newspaper (newspaper costs not included)
  • Placement of obituary on our website
  • Transfer of deceased

This option also includes cremation and starts at $1595

We can also accommodate a direct burial with the services listed above, but there will be additional costs related to the selections made for burial including the casket and cemetery costs.

Please contact us directly for direct burial pricing.

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We can help you to celebrate the life of your loved one in a formal or non-traditional manner.




We help you to choose the right casket, cemetery and services to bury your loved one.

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Should I choose burial or cremation?

This is a personal choice based on your beliefs and preferences. The deceased can be buried or cremated immediately with little to no ceremony and any gathering or service can be held at a later date or not at all. There are few differences in the outcome between burial and cremation, so it often comes down to the unique belief systems and values of the individual and their family. 

If you need more information on the advantages of each option to help you decide what is right for you, please check out our blog post on the topic or contact us for more information.

A direct cremation is the lowest cost option available. Your loved one will be transported into our care, cremated and the cremated remains returned to you in a container.

Yes. Today, pre-planning and prepayment of funerals are becoming more common. It’s as simple as calling our office and setting an appointment for one of our counsellors to meet you, either in our office or at your home. Prearranging will provide you with more time to review your options and give you a choice regarding your own funeral service. Pre-arranging will provide you with the peace of mind that everything has been taken care of, relieving your family of the emotional and financial burden that often comes with making arrangements when a loved one passes away. Planning in advance also relieves the family and executor of making difficult decisions and can prevent conflict in families. Making arrangements in advance also guarantees a service and funeral at today’s prices, free from inflation.

For more information about planning in advance, please click here.

A memorial service is also a gathering of people to observe and accept the death of an individual similar to a funeral. Many people consider the difference to be that a funeral has a casket present and a memorial service will have an urn present or no remains of the deceased at all.

What is a celebration of life?

A celebration of life could be similar to a funeral or memorial service. The defining feature of a celebration of life is that the ceremony is positive and focused on sharing memories and remembering the life of the deceased rather than focusing on their death.

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.

Funerals can cost as little as $1295 for a direct disposition. Direct disposition includes registering the death, a basic cremation container, transporting the deceased to our crematorium in Calgary and the cremation fee. For a full-service funeral for an adult, consumers typically choose to spend an average of $7,500. This includes a professional service, transfer-of remains, embalming, other preparation, hosting a viewing, hosting a ceremony, stationery, hearse, limousine and casket. With the added costs of cemetery space, obituaries, receptions and other incidental funeral expenses, it is not uncommon for funerals to cost more than $10,000.

Country Hills Crematorium has a history of helping those who are financially disadvantaged and will continue to assist those with no financial means. Our funeral directors can review financial sources such as the Last Post Fund, Canada Pension Plan Death Benefit, Alberta Seniors Death Benefit, Insurance Funds, Victim’s Assistance and others. If none of these sources are available, we assist families with applications to Alberta Human Services, often known as Social Services. When approved, AHS offers a simple dignified service with either burial or cremation.

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