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 cremation) If this 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 need Funeral Director’s Statements of Death to assist with settling the estate. This document will be required by any agency that requests “proof” that death has occurred. Most families require 6-8 copies. Forest Haven provides 10 Funeral Director’s Statements 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 Statements if needed. Our Funeral Director will also administer 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 law for every individual to be cremated.

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

 Although we have a variety of urns available, 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 for traditional funerals. Although they offer cremation services; hearses, limousines, chandeliers and visitation rooms 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, but have access to whatever you wish (at cost).

Q.  What if I would like to have a viewing in a church or hall with a traditional style funeral?

A.   Our licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer has been an integral part of Sunset Funeral Co-operative since 2012. Sunset is experienced in covering all of Cape Breton Island. If you wanted to have a traditional style visitation and/or funeral, followed with cremation, we can certainly accommodate every detail for you at a “co-operative” price.

“The path to dignity and respect doesn’t 

mean you have to spend more money”

James (Jim) Delaney

Funeral Director, Embalmer

Forest Haven Memorial Gardens

Sunset Funeral Cooperative


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
Cremation Container/Casket
Cremation Process
10 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

Direct Cremation Plus

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 we 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. 
This is where families have the opportunity to plan a service of remembrance, when the time is right, under their own direction............ with our guidance.

Planning a celebration or service of remembrance for someone is much the same as planning a wedding. Generally you would meet with the clergy to plan what an appropriate service would be and decide on a date and time. You can choose to have the urn already in place at the alter, or have someone carry it as the the clergy commences the service. It's a meaningful and admirable calling.

Forest Haven will guide you along the way. 

We will provide you with:

- Clergy Record to be given to the clergy (either ahead of time or at the time of service)
- Certificate of Cremation/Burial Permit for the cemetery when arranging for opening and closing.
- 150 bookmarks for guests to keep (if you need more, a nominal charge may apply)
- Guest book to keep a permanent record of those in attendance.
- Phone access with our licensed funeral director for advise/assistance.

                                                                                                                                                                                   $395.00 + HST


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