Funeral Planning

Cremation in Nova Scotia: Questions and Answers

Cremation in Nova Scotia: Questions and Answers

Nova Scotia cremation information, including process, cremation cost, and related funeral information is availabl...

May 20, 2022

How to Write an Obituary

How to Write an Obituary

Learn how to write an obituary using tips in Eirene's online obituary writing guide. You can also post it to Eirene's memorials site for free.

April 22, 2022

Nova Scotia Government Funeral Financing Assistance Programs

Nova Scotia Government Funeral Financing Assistance Programs

There are many funeral funding options available to families ...

April 20, 2022

What to Wear to a Celebration of Life Event

What to Wear to a Celebration of Life Event

Wondering what to wear to a celebration of life event? Here is a guide to celebration of life attire for men, wom...

April 15, 2022

What Happens to Bones, Pacemakers, Surgical Implants, Metal Joints, Breast Implants, and Tooth Fillings After Death?

What Happens to Bones, Pacemakers, Surgical Implants, Metal Joints, Breast Implants, and Tooth Fillings After Death?

Find out ...

April 11, 2022

How to Scatter Ashes Into the Atmosphere From a Balloon

How to Scatter Ashes Into the Atmosphere From a Balloon

U.S. company Mesoloft can launch cremation ashes via balloon to the edge of space and release them into the atmos...

April 8, 2022

10 Funeral Trends That May Surprise You

10 Funeral Trends That May Surprise You

Here are 10 new funeral trends that are reinventing how families honour their loved ones after death, including t...

April 5, 2022

What is the Capsula Mundi Body Pod or Urn?

What is the Capsula Mundi Body Pod or Urn?

Learn about the body burial pod called Capsula Mundi and how it can be used to grow a tree in a "sacred forest".

March 30, 2022

What is Human Composting?

What is Human Composting?

An emerging funeral option called human composting turns human remains into soil, which can be returned to the environment.

March 24, 2022

What Does a Green Burial Cost?

What Does a Green Burial Cost?

Find out what green burial costs. Plus comparisons to the cost of a traditional burial as well as cremation and a...

March 20, 2022

Can I Have a Green Burial in Canada?

Can I Have a Green Burial in Canada?

What is a green burial and is it possible to have a so-called "green" funeral in Canada? This article discusses e...

March 12, 2022

How the Mushroom Burial Suit Works and What Does it Cost

How the Mushroom Burial Suit Works and What Does it Cost

Learn how the mushroom burial suit by Coeio works, how much it costs, and where it can be used.

March 11, 2022

Where in Canada is Aquamation Legal?

Where in Canada is Aquamation Legal?

Learn which Canadian provinces and territories have legalized aquamation for use as a funeral technology.

March 6, 2022

Where in the United States is Aquamation Legal or Allowed?

Where in the United States is Aquamation Legal or Allowed?

Here is a state-by-state breakdown of where aquamation is legal or allowable in the absence of legislation in the...

March 5, 2022

Aquamation is Being Considered in Hawaii and it's More in Line With Traditional Funeral Practices

Aquamation is Being Considered in Hawaii and it's More in Line With Traditional Funeral Practices

Authoriti...

March 4, 2022

Funeral Costs: Questions and Answers

Funeral Costs: Questions and Answers

Ever wonder what a funeral costs in Canada? This series of questions and answers reveals what typical cremation a...

February 26, 2022

What Are the Last Rites?

What Are the Last Rites?

Learn about the Roman Catholic tradition of the Last Rites, for church followers who are sick, dying, or may face imminent death.

February 25, 2022

How to Write a Funeral Order of Service

How to Write a Funeral Order of Service

Learn what a funeral order of service is and how to write and produce one for a funeral event.

February 25, 2022

What is a Reef Ball or Memorial Reef?

What is a Reef Ball or Memorial Reef?

Can you be buried in a reef? Several companies now offer memorial reef products that make cremation ashes become ...

February 18, 2022

How Long Do Funerals Last?

How Long Do Funerals Last?

Funerals can be conducted in a matter of days after death or as long as a week. Each funeral event has its own variable duration. We explain how long funeral events ...

February 10, 2022

Driving in a Funeral Procession and What to Do if You Encounter One

Driving in a Funeral Procession and What to Do if You Encounter One

Learn about the etiquette expected if you are participating i...

February 4, 2022

The Cremation Process for Flame Cremation and Aquamation

The Cremation Process for Flame Cremation and Aquamation

Learn about the cremation process for both flame cremation and aquamation. This article explains what happens whe...

February 4, 2022

​​What is a Visitation or a Viewing? What is the Etiquette Around These Funeral Events?

​​What is a Visitation or a Viewing? What is the Etiquette Around These Funeral Events?

Learn what a funeral viewing or visitation is. What happens a...

January 21, 2022

​​Celebrities Who Chose Cremation

​​Celebrities Who Chose Cremation

Desmond Tutu is not the only celebrity to choose cremation over burial. Here are eight more famous people that ch...

January 20, 2022

​​What is a Funeral Repast or Repass?

​​What is a Funeral Repast or Repass?

A repast is any gathering of people after a funeral service. Some people called it a reception. Learn more about ...

January 14, 2022

Memorial vs. Funeral: What is the Difference?

Memorial vs. Funeral: What is the Difference?

When someone dies, you may be invited to attend their funeral or their memorial. Sometimes it is not clear what t...

January 14, 2022

What is a Wake? What is Wake Etiquette for Guests?

What is a Wake? What is Wake Etiquette for Guests?

Learn about the funeral ritual of a wake. What is a wake and what is expected of guests that attend this funeral ...

January 8, 2022

​​What Colour Should Funeral Flowers Be?

​​What Colour Should Funeral Flowers Be?

Choosing funeral flowers including the color and type for use at a service or as a gift to the mourning family ca...

January 7, 2022

What Does a Funeral Cost?

What Does a Funeral Cost?

Learn what a funeral costs, what fees are payable for each component, and the variable cost of the different types of funerals, and how they compare.

January 7, 2022

Funeral Ceremonies, Services, and Memorials

Funeral Ceremonies, Services, and Memorials

A comparison of funeral events to help you plan a service, gathering, wake or other events that helps mourners gr...

January 5, 2022

What is Interment? Learn About Final Resting Places

What is Interment? Learn About Final Resting Places

Learn what interment is, and what types and options you may encounter when planning a funeral. We define the term...

December 31, 2021

How Long After Death is a Funeral Held?

How Long After Death is a Funeral Held?

How long a funeral is held after death depends on what services are selected before burial or cremation. Learn mo...

December 24, 2021

What to Wear to a Funeral

What to Wear to a Funeral

Learn what to wear to a funeral. Includes guidance for men and women, cultural and religious practices, and attire based on the type of funeral event. ...

December 21, 2021

Funeral Questions and Answers

Funeral Questions and Answers

This extensive post answers all your questions about a funeral and its component parts and includes links to articles about cremation, burial, grief, planning, urns ...

December 21, 2021

How the Canada Pension Plan Death Benefit Can Help Fund a Funeral

How the Canada Pension Plan Death Benefit Can Help Fund a Funeral

Learn how the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) death benefit can he...

December 20, 2021

Understanding Funerals: What to Expect at the End of Life

Understanding Funerals: What to Expect at the End of Life

Most people do not like thinking about funerals and death. However, they are inevitable parts of life, so knowing...

December 18, 2021

What is a Funeral?

What is a Funeral?

Learn what is a funeral for different people and cultures and what rites or services are held to honour the dead and put them to rest.

December 17, 2021

What is Aquamation? A Sustainable Cremation Alternative Called Alkaline Hydrolysis

What is Aquamation? A Sustainable Cremation Alternative Called Alkaline Hydrolysis

For many years, most people in the midst of arranging a funer...

December 15, 2021

How Ontario Works Funeral Assistance Works

How Ontario Works Funeral Assistance Works

Families in Ontario that need financial assistance to pay for a loved one's funeral can apply to Ontario Works. H...

December 10, 2021

Cadence Cares: Eirene's Estate Settlement Services Partner

Cadence Cares: Eirene's Estate Settlement Services Partner

Learn how Cadence Cares provides online estate settlement services. These services are free for anyone who makes ...

December 7, 2021

Tasks to Do in the 30 Days After Someone Dies

Tasks to Do in the 30 Days After Someone Dies

After a person in your family dies, there are numerous tasks to handle in the first month. Here is a 30-day post-...

December 3, 2021

Memorial Stones and Grave Markers: A Guide to Funeral Markers

Memorial Stones and Grave Markers: A Guide to Funeral Markers

Learn about memorial stones and marker stones in this guide t...

December 1, 2021

A Checklist of What to Do When Someone Dies

A Checklist of What to Do When Someone Dies

When someone dies, the deceased's family is faced with a lot of tasks. Here is a checklist for what to do in the ...

November 26, 2021

10 Things to Know About Direct Cremation

10 Things to Know About Direct Cremation

Learn why direct cremation is a simple funeral option and 10 things you need to know about why people choose it

November 12, 2021

How Service Providers Ensure Cremation Ashes are not Mixed

How Service Providers Ensure Cremation Ashes are not Mixed

Learn how reputable cremation companies such as Eirene ensure cremated ashes are never mixed or misidentified

November 5, 2021

The Five Most Environmentally Friendly Funeral Alternatives

The Five Most Environmentally Friendly Funeral Alternatives

These are the top five most environmentally friendly funeral alternatives currently available.

November 3, 2021

Beautiful Death Rituals and Funeral Traditions

Beautiful Death Rituals and Funeral Traditions

These death rituals and funeral traditions from around the world are beautiful ways to say goodbye to a loved one...

October 29, 2021

What Does Next of Kin Mean? What Happens When There isn’t One?

What Does Next of Kin Mean? What Happens When There isn’t One?

In this post, we define“next of kin“ and explain what happen...

October 15, 2021

Death in the City: When City Cemeteries Are Full

Death in the City: When City Cemeteries Are Full

In this blog, we discuss what happens when city cemeteries are full and possible solutions.

October 13, 2021

How to Plan a Celebration of Life

How to Plan a Celebration of Life

A celebration of life is an event that memorializes a loved one who has died. Here are some ideas, tips, and a gu...

October 8, 2021

How to Buy a Casket or Coffin: Costs, Types and Choices

How to Buy a Casket or Coffin: Costs, Types and Choices

In this buyer’s guide, you’ll learn about caskets and coffins, the various types, and costs, as well as other hel...

October 1, 2021

What is Promession? A Guide to a New Funerary Process

What is Promession? A Guide to a New Funerary Process

Learn about promession, an emerging sustainable funerary process in which a body is freeze-dried and reduced to ...

September 24, 2021

Celebrating Life Every Day: Lessons in Losing People We Love

Celebrating Life Every Day: Lessons in Losing People We Love

There are many non-traditional ways to honor your loved ones ...

September 14, 2021

Guide to Family-led Deathcare in Ontario

Guide to Family-led Deathcare in Ontario

When a loved one dies, their family isn’t required to use a funeral home for funeral services. Here’s how to cond...

September 10, 2021

Is a Viking Funeral Possible in Canada?

Is a Viking Funeral Possible in Canada?

A Viking funeral in Canada is possible today, although it would require some concessions and a few modifications ...

September 3, 2021

Best Bible Verses for Funerals and Ash-scattering Ceremonies

Best Bible Verses for Funerals and Ash-scattering Ceremonies

Here are popular Bible verses for funerals and ash scattering...

August 20, 2021

10 Poems & Passages for Secular Funeral or Memorial

10 Poems & Passages for Secular Funeral or Memorial

Inspirational secular poems and passages that can be read at a funeral or memorial for a loved one who was not re...

August 13, 2021

What is a Columbarium? How is it Used to Store Ashes?

What is a Columbarium? How is it Used to Store Ashes?

Learn about what a columbarium is, who invented them, and how people use columbariums to place the ashes of a cre...

August 6, 2021

Aquamation: Questions and Answers about Alkaline Hydrolysis as a Funeral Process

Aquamation: Questions and Answers about Alkaline Hydrolysis as a Funeral Process

Learn about aquamation, a funerary process that is considered...

July 30, 2021

Honoring Your Loved One with a Celebration of Life After a Cremation

Honoring Your Loved One with a Celebration of Life After a Cremation

As funeral traditions change, many people are choosing a cele...

July 27, 2021

What the Major Religions Say About Cremation

What the Major Religions Say About Cremation

Here’s what the major religions say about cremation practices. This article includes views on cremation for Chris...

July 9, 2021

Scattering Ashes in Canada

Scattering Ashes in Canada

Scattering ashes in Canada has some limitations and rules that vary by province and municipality. Here are the rules and guidelines.


July 2, 2021

What Government Funeral Assistance is Available if You Can't Afford End of Life Expenses in Canada

What Government Funeral Assistance is Available if You Can't Afford End of Life Expenses in Canada

Learn abo...

July 1, 2021

Difference between Medical Certificate of Death and Proof of Death Certificate in Ontario

Difference between Medical Certificate of Death and Proof of Death Certificate in Ontario

A medical certificate of death and a proof of death certifica...

June 25, 2021

Veteran in Canada? How to Access Financial Support for Your Funeral

Veteran in Canada? How to Access Financial Support for Your Funeral

The Canadian government recognizes the sacrifice that veteran...

June 22, 2021

Can I Fly with Cremated Remains?

Can I Fly with Cremated Remains?

A traveling passenger can transport cremated remains by air or train in Canada. Here are the rules and guidelines...

June 11, 2021

What to do with Cremated Ashes to Honour a Loved One

What to do with Cremated Ashes to Honour a Loved One

Learn what to do with cremation ashes to honour a loved one. We explore traditions, religious rituals, and altern...

June 4, 2021

What is a Space Burial? Do Ashes get Sent to Space?

What is a Space Burial? Do Ashes get Sent to Space?

A space burial is a service where cremated remains or DNA is sent to space on a rocket. Read this post to learn h...

May 28, 2021

What To Do When Someone Dies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Families

What To Do When Someone Dies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Families

While we certainly can’t take away the pain, we can provide s...

May 25, 2021

The Cost of Cremation for a Child, Infant, or Stillborn Baby

The Cost of Cremation for a Child, Infant, or Stillborn Baby

Learn about the cremation cost for a child, infant or stillbo...

May 21, 2021

How to Make Eco-friendly Funeral Choices

How to Make Eco-friendly Funeral Choices

Green funeral options allow for a more "eco-friendly" impact on the planet at the end of life.

May 14, 2021

How to Choose a Cremation Urn

How to Choose a Cremation Urn

Cremation urn options include size, material, and style. Learn how to choose a suitable urn for your loved one with our helpful tips.

May 7, 2021

Shipping A Loved One’s Body and Cremated Remains from Abroad

Shipping A Loved One’s Body and Cremated Remains from Abroad

What you need to know about shipping cremated remains by mail...

May 6, 2021

Being Named An Executor: What It Means and Your Role

Being Named An Executor: What It Means and Your Role

Being named an executor is both an honour and comes with responsibilities (and possible risks). It’s important to...

May 4, 2021

How to Write a Eulogy

How to Write a Eulogy

How to write a eulogy for a loved one that memorializes them perfectly and honors their life.

April 30, 2021

How Families Grieve During the Pandemic: Home Funeral Ceremonies

How Families Grieve During the Pandemic: Home Funeral Ceremonies

As found in numerous other traditions worldwide, we can creat...

April 22, 2021

Cremation: Answers to the Most Commonly Asked Questions

Cremation: Answers to the Most Commonly Asked Questions

In this cremation Q&A article, our experts answer the most commonly asked questions about the cremation process, ...

April 15, 2021

Probate Goes Digital in Ontario: Everything You Need to Know

Probate Goes Digital in Ontario: Everything You Need to Know

Probate Goes Digital in Ontario: Everything You Need to Know...

March 26, 2021

How to Choose a Funeral Home or Cremation Service in Canada

How to Choose a Funeral Home or Cremation Service in Canada

This guide explains to choose a funeral home or cremation service in Canada and what questions to ask about servi...

March 15, 2021

How to Clean Out a House After Someone Has Passed

How to Clean Out a House After Someone Has Passed

Here are the most important steps when cleaning out the house after someone has passed, from clearing out persona...

March 10, 2021

How to Legally Bury Cremated Remains of a Loved One

How to Legally Bury Cremated Remains of a Loved One

If you or a loved one have chosen to be cremated as your final wish, you have options. From scattering ashes to b...

March 8, 2021

How to Claim a Life Insurance Benefit After Death

How to Claim a Life Insurance Benefit After Death

When your loved one passes, they may have a life insurance policy that lists you as a beneficiary. If so, you’ll ...

March 2, 2021

The Most Important Questions to Ask Your Funeral Home

The Most Important Questions to Ask Your Funeral Home

By choosing the right funeral home, with the questions and considerations that we have shared above, you’ll be we...

March 1, 2021

How to Navigate Cremation Arrangements When Someone Has Died

How to Navigate Cremation Arrangements When Someone Has Died

The following blog post will make this difficult time easier ...

February 22, 2021

Funeral and Memorial Etiquette Tips for Wakes, Viewings and Visitations

Funeral and Memorial Etiquette Tips for Wakes, Viewings and Visitations

Understanding the differences between a wake, a viewing, a vi...

February 19, 2021

What if You Can’t Afford to Die? Tips for Funding Funeral Costs

What if You Can’t Afford to Die? Tips for Funding Funeral Costs

Funerals can be expensive and for many people a burden to aff...

February 8, 2021

10 Creative Things to do With Cremated Remains

10 Creative Things to do With Cremated Remains

Here are 10 interesting ways to memorialize your loved one by turning their ashes into something special.

January 24, 2021

Scatter, Bury or Keep? What To Do with a Loved One's Ashes

Scatter, Bury or Keep? What To Do with a Loved One's Ashes

With the choice of cremation comes other considerations, one specifically being: what do you do with a loved one’...

January 24, 2021

All You Need to Know About Cremation Caskets: How to Buy a Casket

All You Need to Know About Cremation Caskets: How to Buy a Casket

Choosing a cremation casket is an essential consideration for...

January 22, 2021

After a Death: Who to Notify Immediately After Someone Has Died

After a Death: Who to Notify Immediately After Someone Has Died

This guide explains what you need to do straight away after a...

January 8, 2021

Memories That Live On: How to Preserve Heritage and Family Memories

Memories That Live On: How to Preserve Heritage and Family Memories

In this latest edition of Intimate Conversations on Death, we...

January 6, 2021

What Happens to Your Body During the Cremation Process? A Step-by-Step Guide

What Happens to Your Body During the Cremation Process? A Step-by-Step Guide

This step-by-step guide explains how cremation works and what...

November 23, 2020

How to Buy a Cremation Urn: Where to Buy Urns for Cremated Ashes?

How to Buy a Cremation Urn: Where to Buy Urns for Cremated Ashes?

When purchasing an urn, there is a myriad of things to consid...

November 5, 2020

How to Close Accounts and Cancel Services After a Death: Who to Notify and How

How to Close Accounts and Cancel Services After a Death: Who to Notify and How

Managing the leftover accounts of someone who has passed can ...

October 26, 2020

What is Embalming? And is it Legally Required for a Funeral?

What is Embalming? And is it Legally Required for a Funeral?

Contrary to common belief, embalming is not legally required ...

October 22, 2020

Going Green: How to Make Environmentally Friendly Funeral Plans

Going Green: How to Make Environmentally Friendly Funeral Plans

With the impending climate crisis, we are all looking for way...

October 14, 2020

Dealing with a Funeral Home: A Guide to Funeral Contracts and Consumer Rights

Dealing with a Funeral Home: A Guide to Funeral Contracts and Consumer Rights

We’re here to help you demystify some of the lesser-known par...

August 26, 2020

Funeral Planning on a Budget: The Best Ways to Save on the Costs of a Funeral

Funeral Planning on a Budget: The Best Ways to Save on the Costs of a Funeral

We're on a mission to provide a cost-efficient, simple and tr...

January 5, 2020

Burial vs Cremation: How to Choose

Burial vs Cremation: How to Choose

Cremation vs. burial is a choice families are making these days as funeral traditions and preferences change. Her...

January 5, 2020

Cremation Cost: What are Common Funeral Fees in Canada?

Cremation Cost: What are Common Funeral Fees in Canada?

Cremation cost in Canada varies largely depending on which company is used. We outline the fees to expect for a b...

January 5, 2020