Cremations

Cremations Services

Oliveira Funeral Home – provides dignified cremation options to meet the personalized desires of families. As a funeral service, we believe in the value of personalization, sharing memories, and coming to grips with the reality of death. At times, families believe that a simple cremation is more convenient but later regret not saying goodbye to their loved one, in a proper way. A person was once saying “we make a big fuss over the birth of a baby that is brand new to the world and under celebrate the death of someone that lived a full rewarding life!” Like any event, we all have options about what is more appropriate for us. It has been proven that viewing the body of a loved one in a peaceful state makes it easier for family and friends to say goodbye and gain closure with that loved one. The following are several options available:

  • 1. Chapel Service

    A contemporary or religious ceremony can be scheduled in the funeral home chapel.

  • 2. Church Service

    A Church Memorial Celebration can be personalized with special Family photographs and memorabilia.

  • 3. Graveside Service

    A gathering as cremated remains are interred.

  • 4. Memorial Service

    Memorial Registry Book, Memorial Service Folders, and photographs can personalize the service or ceremony of your loved one. This is a service without the body present. A visitation, burial or cremation may or may not have preceded the memorial service and family and friends are invited to a ceremony at the chapel of the funeral home or a church to a ceremony for sharing and remembering the deceased at the time either before or after the deceased has been placed in their final resting place and is free from the presence of a casket and it can be arranged with photographs and personal items from the deceased. Our funeral professionals are here to help you decide what is right for you and your family. Oliveira Funeral Home – has prided itself in offering a wide range of services. The choices are yours.

Cremation is an alternative to earth burial or entombment for the body’s final disposition and often follows a traditional service. Because cremation is an irreversible process and because the process itself will prevent the ability to determine the exact cause of death. In British Columbia the amount of time before we can cremate is 48 hours. During this time period, refrigeration or embalming is the only alternatives to retard tissue decomposition. Cremation is performed by placing the deceased in a casket or in alternative container made of cardboard or plywood and then placing that container or casket into a cremation chamber or retort. Only one casket or container is cremated at a time. The chamber temperature is raised to approximately 1300 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. After approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours, all organs matter is consumed by heat or evaporation. The remaining bone fragments are known as cremated remains. The cremated remains are then carefully removed from the cremation chamber. Any metal is removed with a magnet and later disposed in an approved manner. The entire ash and fragment volume is then run through a processor, creating a uniform powder-like texture. The remains are then placed in a container provided by the crematorium or placed in an urn purchased by the family. The entire process takes approximately 3 hours. Throughout the cremation process, a carefully controlled labelling system and a disk with a number corresponding to the cremation ensures correct identification. One of our staff members will transport the remains in the casket or other container to the crematory and will personally view the container being put into the chamber. We will then pick up the remains at the end of the process and deliver them to the family.

Cremation Services Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How Long Do You Have to Wait For Your Loved One To Be Cremated?

In BC, you will need to wait 48 hours before a deceased body can be cremated by law. This is because cremation is a final process, and you will not be able to determine the exact cause of death after the cremation is completed.

How Does The Cremation Process Work?

Most cremations take place in a crematory. After a body is prepared for cremation, it is placed in a casket and slid into the cremation chamber. Only one casket is permitted at a time. Once everything is in place, an operator begins the cremation process, and this usually takes between two to three hours. Here the temperature is raised to approximately 1,400-1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, and after a period of two to three hours, the physical remains are consumed by heat. 

Can I Watch The Cremation Process?

This may be possible with sufficient notice. You can contact Oliveira Funeral Home for additional information on rates and requirements.  

What Happens After The Cremation Process?

The cremated remains are carefully removed from the cremation chamber. The cremated remains are then cleared off all metallic articles and are then run through a processor. These remains are transferred to an urn. Urns are labelled correctly with proper identification to ensure they are not misplaced or misidentified. The remains are then handed over to the family. 

Is Cremation Becoming More Common?

Cremation has become the more popular over the past 2 decades. It may be due to cultural or religious requirements. In comparison to burial, cremation may be a less expensive option. Some people view cremations as being a greener option than burial.

What Can You Do With The Cremated Remains?

There are several different things that people choose to do with the cremated remains. You can keep the urn in your home, scatter the cremated remains on land or water, bury it in a cemetery plot or any other option.

Is Scattering Cremated Remains Illegal in B.C?

In British Columbia, cremated remains do not come under the laws and regulations for burials or cremations. If you plan on scattering the cremated remains on somebody else’s property, you will need prior permission. You may scatter the cremated remains on water but make sure that it is not a marine park.

You may have questions about Cremating a loved one and we’ll try our best to answer some of them for you below. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at Info@oliveirafuneralhome.com.

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