Cremation Services

Cremation is an alternative to the burial process and it is chosen by many people for individual reasons and/or spiritual or religious beliefs. Some choose cremation with a desire to preserve the environment or it was requested by the person who died.  Cremation is also a less expensive option in comparison to a burial.  The remains are placed in a container that is combustible and placed in a cremation chamber or a crematory where through intense heat is reduced to bone fragments that are then further processed to enable placement into various types of urns.  The cremated remains of an average adult body will weigh about 7-8 pounds.  Cremation is not an alternative to a funeral, but rather an alternative to burial or other forms of disposition.

Cremated remains can be scattered or buried, or they may be kept with the family in a decorative urn of their choice.  There are many new and different forms of disposition of ashes that people choose today. Cremated remains can be placed in an artificial coral reef in the ocean, they can be launched into space or sent up in helium balloons, or they can be spun into glass pieces of art or diamonds.

We have even supplied dust from ashes that some have chosen to place into the ink that will be used to design a memorial tattoo off a loved one. Although, their are many options it is important to choose what is right for you and allow others the autonomy to choose what is right for them

Some religions welcome cremation while others forbid it.  The Catholic Church had banned cremation up until 1963, and burial remains the preferred form of disposition today.  In other Christian denominations cremation was historically discouraged but nowadays it is more widely accepted.  In eastern religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism cremation is mandated, while in Islam it is strictly forbidden.  Orthodox Jews also forbid cremation; other sects of Judaism support cremation, but burial remains the preferred option. 

Cremation FAQ

What is Cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.  Cremation is not the final disposition of the remains, nor is it a type of funeral service.

Is a casket needed for Cremation?

No, a casket is not required. However, as BC law states:
A container referred to in section 11 of the Act must meet the following requirements:
(a) it must have sufficient strength to contain and move human remains;
(b) it must be capable of being closed so that the public is not able to see the human remains;
(c) it must be constructed so that it does not leak or otherwise cause a hazard to any person's health;
(d) it must be rigid.

For the purposes of cremation, a container that encloses human remains must be combustible and rigid.
The container enclosing the human remains for cremation cannot contain any of the following:
(a) plastic;
(b) fiberglass;
(c) foam or styrofoam;
(d) rubber;
(e) polyvinyl chloride;
(f) zinc.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?

No. In fact, it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise. However, embalming may be suggested or
recommended depending on the services being requested. Bliss uses ONLY eco-friendly embalming solutions in the
preparation if Human Remains. Unless deceased is being transported or shipped overseas or to another province or country.

Can the body be viewed without embalming?

Yes. Please know that your Funeral Professional will thoroughly guide you through this process. By law, immediate
family members have the right to briefly identify their loved one upon request.

Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes they can; some cremation providers will allow family members to be present when the body is placed in the cremation chamber.  Some religious groups even include this as part of their funeral custom.

Can an urn be brought into church?

Most Churches allow the remains to be present during the service. It is encouraged that cremated remains be a part of a
funeral as it provides a focal point for the service. Ultimately, the presence of the urn in the service should be discussed
with the Church and will be determined by the Church itself. This is a conversation with the respective church that Bliss will engage in on your behalf.

What can be done with the cremated remains?

While laws vary, for the most part remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or a cremation garden, interred in a
columbarium, kept at home or scattered. If there is any uncertainty, please have this discussion with your Service
Professional prior to making a final decision.

How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?

All reputable cremation providers have developed rigorous sets of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize the level of service and minimize the potential for human error.  Since it is illegal to perform more than one cremation at a time, and the vast majority of crematories can only cremate one body at a time, it is next to impossible to receive the incorrect remains.

How long does the actual cremation take?

It all depends on the weight of the individual.  For an average sized adult, cremation can take two to three hours at a normal operating temperature of between 1,000 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Upon completion of the cremation process there are other procedures that occur before cremated remains are packaged and returned to the family.

What do the cremated remains look like?

Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color.  The remains of an average sized adult usually weighs between 7 and 8 pounds.

Are all the cremated remains returned?

With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.

Do I need an urn?

An urn is not required by law. However, an urn should be chosen if there is to be a memorial service or if the remains are
to be interred in a cemetery. There are also recommendations that will be provided if Cremated Remains are to be
shipped. If an urn is not purchased or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary eco-
friendly container.