Ask the Funeral Director

Q.  What does $1,295 include?

A.  Our package includes the removal of the deceased person from the place of death directly  to "Our Own Crematorium Facility", along with the care and custody while waiting for cremation to be authorized by a family member or guardian and the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner’s office. (We do not sub-contract other  death-care providers to perform cremations on our behalf)  If removal is to be done outside 100 km, transportation charges may apply.

 It also includes a provincially licensed Funeral Director to oversee every aspect of the arrangements and cremation.

 You will also need Funeral Director’s Certificate's of Death to assist with settling the estate. This document will be required by any person or agency that requires  “proof” that death has occurred. Most families require 6-8 copies. Forest Haven provides 12 Funeral Director’s Certificates of Death in every package. Should you require more, we are only as far away as the phone. There will be no charge for additional Certificates if required. 

 Our Funeral Director will also complete and submit the Canada Pension Death/Survivor/Child Benefit on your behalf and will commission any documents necessary (Marriage Certificates, Declaration of Common Law Union, etc).

Q.  Do I need to buy a casket or container to cremate my loved one?

A.  A Cremation Container/Casket is required by legislation for every person being cremated.

It’s purpose is not only to maintain the dignity of the deceased, but also to protect the health & safety of the crematorium operator. This is not an option for the family, therefore Forest Haven includes this simple corrugated container in our cremation package. 

 Q.  What are the cremated remains returned in?

A.  We have a variety of modestly priced cremation urns available. The majority our our urns are priced similar to what you would see on Amazon. If you choose not to purchase and urn at this time, a simple corrugated container is provided and is suitable for burial, scattering or maintaining until later decisions are made.

Q.  Why is your price this low when others are two, three or four times more expensive?

A.  Traditional funeral homes were designed and built primarily to host traditional funerals. 

Although they offer cremation services; expenses such as hearses, limousines and  lavish facilities are fixed costs. A cost that everyone must absorb even when the use of such facilities or equipment is unnecessary.

Forest Haven does not own hearses or limousines.

“The path to dignity and respect doesn’t 

mean you have to spend more money”

Joe Curry

Funeral Director - Forest Haven Memorial Gardens


Direct Cremation 

Initial Consultation / Intake
Arrange to take custody of remains from hospital, nursing home, etc
Acquiring Medical Certificate of Death
Care and custody of remains
Securing permits {Burial Permit, Medical Examiner, Ship in, Ship out}
Composition and submission of obituary notice
Cremation container/casket along with the process of cremation
12 Certificates of Death for Estate purposes (If you need more, we are just as far away as the phone)
Completing and filing of Canada Pension Death/Survivor/Child Benefits

$1,295 +HST

Celebration under your "own direction"

In today's society, more people are choosing cremation now than ever before. There are numerous reasons why this is. Some feel it is more environmentally friendly. For some it's a personal wish they had for many years. The reasons are as personal as the loved one who has passed away.

However, the most common reason I hear is because families today are living all across the country and to have a Celebration of a loved one's life now is not practical. 
Choosing a simple, affordable cremation through Forest Haven allows the opportunity to plan a service of remembrance, when the time is right, under your own direction.

Planning a celebration or service of remembrance for someone is much the same as planning a wedding. Generally you would meet with the Clergy, Celebrant or Master of Ceremony to plan what an appropriate service would be and decide on a date and time.  

Our seasoned funeral director will  answer all your questions and guide you along the way. 


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