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The Embalming Process

The art of preserving the body of the deceased has roots to Ancient Egypt as early as 6000 B.C. Embalming can take place due to either religious reasons or sanitation concerns. In today’s world, embalming is a personal preference, and often depends on the visitation or service arrangements made by… Read More


The World’s Best Funeral Museums

While a museum devoted to funeral and cremation services might not seem like a must-see, you’d be surprised at how interesting (and fun) they can be. Whether you’re curious about the history of embalming, intrigued by mourning fashion in the 1800s, or just want to break away from the traditional… Read More


Toronto Funeral Homes Get a Second Life

Toronto is known for a lot of things: great restaurants, a thriving arts scene, tons of amazing festivals and cultural events. As it turns out, the 6ix has also found a niche in repurposing funeral homes. From galleries to lofts, we explore what happens when urban planning meets end of… Read More


Scattering Cremated Remains Creatively With Volkswagen

At Basic Funerals, we believe in the value of cremation. As we continue to lead the industry in low-cost funeral services, we’re constantly getting reminded as to why choosing cremation is so powerful. Scattering Cremated Remains Creatively Volkswagen, purveyors of iconic vehicles like the Beetle and Vanagon, demonstrates one of… Read More


“What Happens to Facebook After I Die” and Other Social Media Questions Answered

Whether you’re a big fan of social media or a reluctant participant, it’s hard to avoid having at least one active account these days. Luckily, you can share as little or as much as you want- it’s under your control. So what happens to all of your social media profiles… Read More


Affordable Funeral Services And Beyond- The Future of Funerals

Gone are the days where every family wants a traditional service (and has to deal with a traditional price tag.) Now, funerals can be as unique as the person they’re honouring. So where does the future of funeral services lie? Short of getting our hands on a crystal ball, it’s… Read More


Learning To Die: BJ Miller’s End Of Life Philosophy

B.J. Miller’s unique approach to death and dying begins with an accident that cost him three limbs. After a party in 1990, he and a few friends scaled a parked commuter train where he was hit with 11,000 volts from an overhead power line. He suffered extensive burns and hovered… Read More


10 Songs That Are Perfect For A Funeral

Gone are the days where funerals were set exclusively to sombre dirges. With the increasing number of people choosing to customize every step of the service, music plays a big role in telling the story of a person’s life. Whether you’re thinking about preplanning and want to cover all the… Read More


What Most Funeral Directors Won’t Tell You: How To Protect Yourself Against Unfair Sales Practices

Losing a loved one means a lot of complicated emotions. The last thing that grieving families need is the additional stress that can come with arranging a funeral service. At Basic Funerals, we guarantee transparency and firmly reject the ‘upselling’ approach. In order to help you understand how to… Read More


You Asked, We Listened

As Ontario’s leading affordable funeral service provider, we have had the privilege of assisting thousands of families over the last several years. We take pride in honouring the wishes of the families that we serve and recognize that this business is about them, not us. So, when we… Read More


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