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 Cremation FAQ
How quickly must I decide on what to do with the cremated remains?
We will hold cremated remains for a period up to one year from the date of cremation to allow you to make a final decision. If, after one year, the cremated remains are unclaimed, we will bury them in a common grave within one of our cemeteries. Due to ground conditions, cremated remains buried in a common grave may not be retrievable in the future.
Is cremation less expensive than a standard ground burial?
Yes and no. Although, the basic charge to perform a cremation is less than the cost of preparing a grave for a ground burial, the overall cost for either service will depend on a number of factors, such as whether a visitation and/or funeral service is held, the type of casket, grave, niche, urn selected and memorialization.
Can cremated remains be tested for DNA?
No. The cremation process is irreversible and all genealogical and medical DNA are destroyed by the intense heat during cremation. However, arrangements can be made during your funeral arrangements with us to obtain a DNA sample from your loved one before the cremation takes place.
Can I cremate my pet?
No. MPG will cremate only human remains. There are, however, other crematoriums that specifically cremate pets. Your veterinarian or local humane society may be able to provide you with further information.
Should I indicate my desire to be cremated in my Will?
As Wills are generally read after the funeral, it is best to let your Executor and family know of your wish to be cremated in advance and ensure they agree to abide by your wish. It can be helpful to preplan your cremation. Keep in mind, however, that an individual is not permitted under law to authorize his/her own cremation. The Executor and/or next of kin bear legal responsibility in the disposition of the deceased and have final say on whether to proceed with cremation.
Can I transport cremated remains?
Yes. Cremated remains may be mailed or carried by hand to another destination. For mailing, we recommend using registered mail as this will help you in tracking the urn in transit. For information on Canada Post’s shipping requirements, please visit
If you are taking the remains on a plane, the urn or container must pass through the x-ray to be permitted as carry-on past the checkpoint. Due to differences in thickness, shape and material, some urns or containers, such as plastic, cardboard, and cloth, are more likely to clear the security screening while metal, granite, and ceramic containers are less likely to be permitted. Screening officers are not allowed to open the urn or container nor will they inspect the contents if you open it. Some airlines do not allow cremated remains in checked baggage, so please check with your airline first to learn about possible restrictions.
It is advisable to carry the death and cremation certificates. For more information, you can visit www. or call 1-800-O-Canada.
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