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What is embalming?

Embalming is a procedure in which the body is sanitized, restored to a lifelike appearance and preserved via chemicals being introduced into the body. Read More Embalming FAQGo Back to FAQ

Do you have to be embalmed?

In Alberta, embalming is only required by law if we are transporting the deceased by common carrier, i.e. commercial airplane/transport truck/railway. For sanitation reasons, if you are planning to have a viewing of your loved one, we recommend embalming. Read More Embalming FAQGo Back to FAQ

How long does the process of embalming take?

Embalming will vary depending on the condition of the body. The process can take from 1 to 4 hours depending on the individual person and the specific details involved in their death. Read More Embalming FAQGo Back to FAQ

How long does the embalming last on the body?

Embalming can last for many years. It depends on the environment and whether the casket will be in a sealed vault. Read More Embalming FAQGo Back to FAQ

How long before decomposition sets in?

Many factors play a role in the timeline for decomposition. Illness, medications and the place of passing all play a key role. Read More Embalming FAQGo Back to FAQ

Can I see my loved one immediately after death at the funeral home?

Keep in mind that it takes time to prepare your loved one for viewing, but we do our best to meet your time requirements. It is advisable to meet with the Funeral Director first to choose a casket and bring in clothing for your loved one. Read More Embalming FAQGo Back to FAQ

How long does it take to get the deceased to the chapel for viewing?

This depends on the amount of preparation required for the deceased, as well as the time required to receive a casket or cremation container to be delivered from the supplier. Read More Embalming FAQGo Back to FAQ

Does my loved one need clean clothes including shoes and undergarments?

It is preferable that the clothes and undergarments be clean as this is more dignified for the deceased. Shoes are not required but complete the outfit. The clothing you provide is based on what you would like your loved one to wear. The clothing they felt the most comfort in. Read More Embalming FAQGo Back […]

Do I need to buy a new suit for my dad as he lost a lot of weight?

If you choose to buy new clothing for your loved one, we can get sizes and measurements for you to get the proper fit. In most cases the deceased had a favourite piece of clothing, and due to weight lose we can make small alterations to take it in to make the clothing fit better. […]

Will you clean his suit for me?

We can definitely make arrangements to have the garments dry-cleaned.