Q. My spouse wants a traditional burial while I’ve decided on cremation. What can we do?
A. At our Highland Funeral Home cemeteries you can choose a lot space that allows for the burial of a casket and an urn together. Find out as much as possible about the many options designed to respect the personal wishes of the individual partners while accommodating their mutual desire to remain forever close.
Q. I have family buried in a cemetery in another city but I’d like to remember them on special days. What can I do?
A. All Highland Funeral Home cemeteries offer a special Personal Tributes program to help families pay tribute to loved ones buried elsewhere. Trees of Remembrance, memorial benches, sundials, statues, etc., can be purchased and dedicated to the memory of your loved one. Your local cemetery offers a booklet explaining the options available. Call for your copy.
Q. Is cremation less expensive than traditional ground burial?
A. It can be. Costs associated with either option depend on the services selected, where the remains will be placed, the kind of urn, casket or container selected and the type of funeral or memorial service chosen. With so many variables the individual can design exactly what’s most appropriate personally and financially for either means of disposition. The most economical solution of all is to plan well ahead of time so the costs are incurred at today’s prices and in today’s dollars.
Q. Will the cemetery always look as good as it does today?
A. Yes. Since 2000, Highland Funeral Home has taken great pride in its well maintained cemeteries. To ensure this, a portion of the price for each cemetery space paid to Highland Funeral Home is deposited into a care fund for care and maintenance of the properties guaranteeing no further cost to the family. Independent trustees invest the care fund in accordance with provincial laws.
Q. I don’t need cemetery space. Wouldn’t scattering save my children a lot of trouble?
A. People sometimes romanticize the notion of scattering but all too often the surviving loved ones later discover a longing for a place to visit and pay tribute. This decision, designed to spare family from undue stress, can actually create an uncomfortable situation for individual members. With so many new, non-traditional choices for memorialization such as benches, memorial rocks and trees etc. there’s sure to be an option available that respects your wish to keep it simple while providing loved ones what they personally need to cope with loss. Talk it over with your family and a trained Arbor specialist. There’s no obligation in finding out what works best for everyone.
Q. Is a casket necessary for cremation?
A. Cremation is merely a form of disposition. Many families who chose cremation still elect to have visitation and funeral services, which can include Traditional or Memorial options. Consequently, many choose caskets that meet both their esthetic preferences, and budget.