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What options are available if I choose burial?

Burial is still the most common method of final disposition. Most families have a graveside ceremony immediately after the funeral ceremony, conducted by a clergy member, the funeral director or a friend.

For loved ones, seeing the deceased committed to earth can be a painful but important ritual. It helps some accept the reality of death – often the first important step towards healing.

Direct disposition, where the deceased is buried without a formal viewing, visitation or ceremony, is another option, but experts on grief feel that healing can take longer if the loved one isn’t memorialized in some way. A funeral ceremony or memorial service allows loved ones to share grief together and publicly celebrate the life of the one they loved.

If the family chooses burial, the funeral director helps with the selection of a casket. There is a wide selection of choices and prices ranging from several hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on the type of casket.

Graveside markers are often added to the cemetery plot, either before the service or weeks later. Find out the options available at your cemetery, as some do have restrictions about the type of marker. Some Calgary cemeteries also require the purchase of a vault in conjunction with burial, while other cemeteries do not – be sure to ask what your options are.

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