Ask the Funeral Director
Q. What does $1,295 include?
A. Our package includes the removal 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 next of kin or guardian and the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner’s office. (We do not subcontract other death-care providers to perform cremation) If removal is to be done outside 100 km, transportation charges may apply. It also includes an experienced Funeral Director to oversee every aspect of the arrangements and cremation.
Q. What about "Certificates of Death". Do I need those?
A. 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.
Q. How do I file for Canada Pension Benefits?
A. Our Funeral Director will also complete and submit the Canada Pension Death/Survivor/Child Benefit on your behalf and will commission/notarize 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 purchase memorial urns in quantity, therefore our products are substantially less expensive than any funeral home in the area. In most cases, our products are comparable in price to 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 funeral homes are two, three or four times more expensive?
A. Funeral homes were designed and built primarily to host traditional funerals.
Although they offer cremation services; their overhead expenses such as hearses, limousines, and visitation rooms are fixed costs. A cost that everyone must absorb even when the use of such facilities or equipment is unnecessary.
“The path to dignity and respect doesn’t mean you have to spend more money”