Grave Expectations: Tips for planning your funeral

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Planning a funeral is not something that most people want to do, but it’s important to think about now. You can make sure your wishes are known and provide some comfort for those you leave behind. We’ve put together some tips for planning your funeral in Ottawa so that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

Where and how to start

The first step to planning your funeral is talking to your family. This can be a difficult conversation, but it’s important that you start the process by sharing your wishes with those who are closest to you. This will help ensure that everyone understands what type of funeral services (and other arrangements) you would like in the event of your death.

If it’s easier for everyone involved, consider having an open discussion about funerals while enjoying dinner or drinks together as a group–it may feel less awkward than having one-on-one conversations with each individual member of the family!

Once everyone has been informed about what kind of service they’d like for themselves and/or their loved ones when the time comes, set up a meeting with an experienced professional at

Making the most of your pre-arrangement meetings

If you’re thinking about pre-arranging your funeral, the first thing to do is schedule a meeting with your funeral home. These meetings are an excellent opportunity for you and your loved ones to get to know one another better–and they’re also a great way to ensure that all of your needs are met in the event of death.

The second reason why these meetings are so important? They give you plenty of time before anything happens that might make decisions more difficult (like losing someone). You may think that these decisions aren’t important now, but when it comes down to it, even small details like where they would like their ashes spread can be crucial in making sure their wishes are respected at this difficult time.

Finally: ask questions! Don’t feel pressured into making major decisions right away; instead use this opportunity as an opportunity for discussion about what matters most when considering what kind of funeral service best suits those closest who have passed away.”

The right time to begin planning your funeral is now.

The right time to begin planning your funeral is now. The reason for this is simple: the earlier you do it, the more options and flexibility you’ll have.

If you wait too long, there may not be enough time or energy left in your life to make good decisions about how to best honor your loved ones at their service. You might even find that certain traditions or customs aren’t meaningful anymore–or perhaps they were never meaningful at all! If this happens, then it’s better that we know that now than after we’ve already planned everything out and paid thousands of dollars toward our burial plot (which could still be used).

There are a lot of factors to consider when planning a funeral.

There are a lot of factors to consider when planning a funeral.

  • Funeral home. You may want to choose a funeral home that is close to where the service will be held, or if it’s far away, make sure they have transportation options for those who need them.
  • Cremation or burial? If you’re planning on being cremated, find out whether there are restrictions on what can be done with the ashes after they’ve been scattered or buried (i.e., no scattering them over water). Some people prefer not knowing where their loved ones final resting place is located so that they don’t feel obligated to visit it regularly–but others would rather know exactly where their loved one went when they passed away so that they can visit whenever possible instead of keeping up with vague stories about how “the rainforest took him” or whatever else might have happened during his/her last moments alive on Earth.”

Pre-arrangement, cremation or burial?

To help you decide what’s right for your family, here are some things to consider:

  • How much will it cost? The average cost of a funeral in Canada is $10,000 and rising. That includes everything from embalming to a casket and burial plot. If you want to save money by pre-paying your funeral expenses–and many people do–you may need at least $7,000 saved up so that all of the costs can be paid upfront rather than over time through monthly payments or credit cards (which add interest).
  • What kind of ceremony do I want? There are two basic types: cremation (whereby bodies are reduced into ashes) or burial (the interment of remains). Both offer their own benefits; for example, cremation allows people who live far away from home during their lives but wish one day return there after death an easier way back while still allowing them space in local cemeteries where they grew up or lived most recently before passing away.”

Choosing an Ottawa funeral home

When choosing a funeral home in Ottawa, it’s important to consider these factors:

  • Reputation. Look for reviews and ratings online, or ask around the community. The best way to get a feel for what people think of a business is by talking with friends and family members who have worked with them before.
  • Professionalism. If you visit their facility, does it look clean? Are their staff friendly and welcoming? Do they seem knowledgeable about their work–and willing to answer any questions you may have about preparing for your loved one’s funeral service or burial services? You should also make sure that they offer all the types of services that suit your needs (i.,e., cremation vs burial) before making an appointment so that this isn’t something new information later on down the road when things are already stressful enough as it is!

With the right information and help, you can make all the right decisions.

It’s important to have a plan in place. You don’t want to leave it to others to make decisions for you, or leave them with an unexpected burden when they’re grieving.

It’s also important not to wait until it’s too late–so don’t be afraid of asking questions and making changes before the time comes.

You may find that some people are more than happy to help out with your funeral arrangements, but if no one steps up, don’t be afraid of asking for assistance yourself.


We know this can be a daunting task, but we’re here to help. If you have any questions about pre-arrangement or cremation services in Ottawa, please contact us today by calling (613) 288-2689 or visiting our website at