How to talk to your family about Eirene Cremations

If you have chosen to use the services of a direct cremation company like Eirene Cremations, here is a guide on how to explain it to your family.

How to talk to your family about a direct cremation with Eirene Cremations

Talking to family about end-of-life choices can be difficult, whether it's your own or theirs. To help with this process, we have created this straightforward guide to help you have that conversation and explain your choice to use a trusted, modern company such as Eirene Cremations. We have provided simple "talking points" after each section that you can use to explain your choices to your family.

  • Cremation is a growing trend that a majority of Canadians choose for their final arrangements.
  • Bypassing the formality of a traditional funeral and using a direct cremation company, such as Eirene, makes better sense.



Speak to our team 24/7:

You can contact our team via phone at 647-424-3408. We answer the phone and respond to email queries 24 hours per day / seven days per week.


The Trend: Cremation vs. Burial

Many years ago, managing the death of a loved one was a hands-on affair handled at home. A person often died in their own bed. A friend of the family prepared the body of the deceased. And the funeral service was held at the family home until the coffin containing the deceased was buried in a graveyard, usually adjacent to a church.

All that has changed. These days death has been institutionalized, occurring in hospitals, hospices, or elderly care facilities. Remains are handled at a funeral "home." An industry has emerged to professionally manage the processes and rituals of death.

While burials and formal funerals are still an option, and you can still visit and use the expensive services of a funeral home, Canadians prefer the simplicity of cremation and its associated cost savings.

As recently as the 1960s, fewer than 5% of all Canadians were cremated.

Today more than 72% of Canadians choose to be cremated upon their death. That number is expected to grow to more than 76% in the next few years.

The direct cremation option, which bypasses extensive funeral arrangements, is an increasingly popular choice.

Talking points:

  • Cremation is a growing trend that a majority of Canadians choose for their final arrangements.
  • Bypassing the formality of a traditional funeral and using a direct cremation company, such as Eirene, makes better sense.

Why do Canadians choose cremation?

There are three primary reasons why Canadians choose cremation over burial.

Cremation is a Flexible Choice

Cremation is a flexible choice that allows a family the time needed to memorialize a loved one as they see appropriate. The deceased loved one is transported to a crematorium, and their remains are reduced to ashes. The ashes can be scattered at one or more locations or placed in a keepsake urn. They can optionally be buried at a later date in a cemetery. A memorial can be scheduled at a convenient time and location for family and friends without the need for rushed arrangements.

Cremation is Simple

Cremation is a simple choice to make at a difficult and emotional time for a family. The cremation process is straightforward and can be handled quickly and with dignity.

Cremation is Affordable

Funerals that involve burials can be elaborate, complicated, and expensive. They can cost more than weddings and other rites of passage in some cases. Cremations are more cost-effective and do not consume unnecessary resources. Any funds saved can also be used for scholarships or enduring memorials that last many years beyond the pomp and ceremony of a costly and grandiose funeral.

Talking points:

  • Cremation removes unnecessary and excessive costs.
  • It is flexible because it allows for an unrushed memorial or handling of the ashes to be arranged and held at a later date.
  • The fee is a fraction of the cost of a burial or a cremation through a funeral home.

The unnecessary cost of funerals

If you visit a funeral home's website, you'll be hard-pressed to find the full cost of a funeral. However, if you choose to move forward, you'll need to visit a funeral home, usually a grand building, situated on a high street. There will be meetings with a somber man or woman in a tailored suit. There will be showrooms to visit, flower catalogs to review, and extensive paperwork to fill out. The bill will be extensive. After all, the funeral corporation has to pay for its extensive facilities, formality, and processes required to deliver a traditional funeral experience.

Expect to see charges for: Proof of death certificates, mileage based on the deceased person's location, storage fees, urns, or caskets, and more. Sometimes even cremation fees aren't included in the initial pricing.

All that is unnecessary and costly. It is also stressful.

At Eirene, we employ a method called direct cremation. Our one fee package covers all the paperwork, filing fees, transport and transfer costs, and even a simple container for the ashes. You call us, fill out information online, and we handle the rest.

At Eirene, we employ a method called direct cremation. Our one fee package covers all the paperwork, filing fees, transport and transfer costs, and even a simple container for the ashes. You call us, fill out information online, and we handle the rest.

There is no guesswork on our fees either. You can see the price on this webpage.

Talking points:

  • Direct cremations at Eirene remove unnecessary costs and difficult decisions.
  • There is one fee, and that fee is easy to find on Eirene's website.

Why use Eirene Cremations?

When you engage Eirene Cremations to serve you and your family, we keep the process simple, dignified, and uncomplicated.

There are no upsells and there is certainly no sales pressure or haggling.

You provide the necessary information we need via our online platform to file paperwork and to conduct a cremation. You pay a single, one-time fee that is all-inclusive. Then everything is handled for you by our licensed funeral directors.

No funeral homes or casket showrooms or upsells

You don't need to make an appointment to see an undertaker and visit a funeral home. There are no upsells. No hearses or pallbearers. No coffin showrooms. You can use our 24/7 phone line to reach us or connect to us via the Internet and our digital platform.

We pride ourselves on providing a dignified, personalized service that is convenient for the family and is conducted professionally and without significant expense. The cost of an Eirene Cremation is 50% less than what you would pay at a traditional old-school funeral home.

If you want more than the basic container that we include in our flat fee, you can choose and pay for an urn online at store.eirene.ca.

Modern, cost-effective & professional

Cost and time savings are achieved through our modern technology platform. Unlike some basic funeral service companies, we do not employ legal but questionable "behind the scenes" practices to realize reduced fees. We ensure each cremation is private. Only one set of remains is processed at a time.

We also offer you the following extras:

  • If you want one final visit with your loved one, we will arrange it for free.
  • An estate administration tool is included. (It can take 1-2 years to settle an estate.)
  • Unlimited proof of death certificates.
  • We hand-deliver cremated remains.
  • 24/7 support by live chat, email or phone by our team. We don't use a call centre. You're assigned to a funeral director, and they are your only point of contact with us.
  • Independently owned company. Not a large corporation or franchised operation.

Talking points:

  • Eirene is a modern and efficient company staffed by people that care.
  • We provide professional service without unnecessary costs or upsells.
  • We eliminate the need for appointments with an undertaker in a funeral home.
  • Eirene is a professional company that can fulfill final wishes with dignity and care.
  • We provide many extras that traditional funeral corporations upsell and invoice for.



Speak to our team 24/7:

You can contact our team via phone at 647-424-3408. We answer the phone and respond to email queries 24 hours per day / seven days per week.