Funeral Services

Losing a loved one is hard and planning a funeral service can seem overwhelming. Choosing the casket or urn, deciding between cremation and traditional burial, planning the right service- it's understandable that so many families feel lost.

Basic Funerals aims to provide you with the knowledge that you need to make informed decisions and gain a deeper understanding of the process. Contact us at any time with your questions.


Funeral Service or Memorial Service: What's the Difference?

When deciding between a funeral or memorial service for your loved one, it is helpful to understand the difference. While both funeral and memorial services have proven value for mourners, there are a few differences.

A funeral is a celebration of life where the deceased is present at the service. Memorial services are also life celebrations but take place without a casket. Generally speaking, funeral services take place shortly after a death takes place. Because the body is present, there are time constraints to be taken into consideration. Memorial services offer flexibility as far as timing is concerned but offer the same opportunity to honour and pay respect to your loved one.


Funeral Planning FAQ

There are many questions which people will pose when planning the funeral a loved one. Some of the most common ones are as follows:

  • How much does a funeral cost? The cost of a funeral service depends on your preferences. Funerals can cost under $2,000 or more than $10,000. Contact your funeral home today to inquire about funeral pricing and planning.
  • What is the Role of a Funeral Director? Funeral directors are overseers and caregivers. They are responsible for the transportation and preparation of the deceased, for the arrangement and implementation of funeral and memorial services, for the final disposition, and for the completion of all necessary paperwork. They are there to support those who need their help, to guide families through their darkest times, and to counsel those who need it. Funeral directors ensure that those under their care receive the best service possible.
  • What Kind of Funeral Service Should I Plan? This is a personal decision that is made either by the deceased, if pre-arrangements are in place, or by family and friends. Funeral services vary depending on the faith, culture, and personal preferences of those involved. Some families choose to hold services in a funeral home whereas others wish to have them in a place of worship. Whichever direction you choose, know that there is no right or wrong way to plan a funeral service
  • Can I Customize my Funeral Service? Certainly. Funeral services should be planned in a way that is meaningful. We will work with you to ensure that the service you choose is planned according to your wishes.
  • Why Should I Choose a Public Viewing? At the end of the day, what's important is that the decisions you make represent you and your loved one. For some people, open caskets allow for a final sense of closure. For others, it isn't a necessary part of the funeral service process.
  • Are Obituaries Necessary? Obituaries are an excellent way to inform friends, extended family, and the community that a death has taken place. It allows for people to have a way to learn about funeral service arrangements, making it easier for the grieving family. Obituaries are also a wonderful way to honour a loved one and share some of the things that made them so special. We know that writing an obituary can be a challenging endeavour which is why we offer Obituary Assistance and Professional Online Memorial Packages and Complete Memorial and Eulogy Packages. Please contact us to find out more.

Planning a Funeral Service

Planning the funeral for your loved one should not be a time of trial for you and your family. Partner with a reliable funeral home today and let them sort out everything when the time comes. Basic Funerals have a varied number of services which we offer to you and your family and are always willing to help wherever we can. Give us a call today and plan your loved ones funeral in the easiest way possible.

Robin was awesome to deal with and answered all of my questions. I only wished I know of basic funerals when I was pre arranging my mother's. I was told all sorts of lies by a funeral home.read more
joann guenette
20:04 06 Sep 18
Robin was very professional, knowledgeable, organized and helpful. Great customer service! Thank you.
Louise Viersen
20:40 20 Aug 18
We decided that we wanted to make our pre-planned funeral arrangements and had the pleasure of speaking to Robin. She sat down with us, and clearly outlined all of our options. She reviewed earlier cemetery arrangements with regard to our family plot and what we still required. We are both pleased and relieved that everything is in order and that the Executor of our estate will only have to call one number..read more
Soosy Q
19:29 24 Jul 18
Excellent customer service! Excellent prices! Convenient payment plans. Could not ask for more!
Jaden Winfree
20:08 21 Jun 18
I prearranged my own funeral all on line including payment etc..no muss no fuss....a great experience
John O'Hearn
19:38 24 Apr 18
Robin was very helpful!!! I feel very happy knowing my arrangements are done as per my wishes. This will be so helpful to my family when my time comes to depart this earth!read more
Sandra Stubbs
12:49 09 Apr 18
I contacted Basic Funerals & Cremation to pre-arrange services for my mother. I initially reached out for an appointment by email and received a very prompt reply. I set up the appointment via an email exchange and met with Robin at Basic F&C the following week. It was a very straightforward process and Robin went to great lengths to to explain and simplify the various options. I highly recommend Basic F&C for the ease of contact, arrangement and follow-up.read more
Rick Pringle
17:09 28 Mar 18
Very happy with their professional service. Quick to respond with any questions or concerns. Would highly recommend this company to anyone needing their service .read more
Gail Adamson
20:34 07 Feb 18
Convenient and respectful. This is the second time my family has used Basic Funerals and Cremations Choices. The first was 5 years ago when my father passed away and this time was for my brother. I didn't deal with Basic with my father's arrangements but my step-mother did and recommended them and honestly, I don't think I'd use anyone else moving forward. When we had word on my brother's terminal illness, I called 3 places to get quotes on the cremation he wanted. Let me preface this by saying that my brother said a Celebration of Life was acceptable but he didn't want a viewing or funeral so a cremation is what I was researching.Since this was my first time arranging such services, I had no idea what to expect. The first place (a local funeral home) quoted me $4000, so now I had a starting point. The second place (a local cremation facility) quoted me $1000 (wth? talk about a price difference!) but then stated I had to involve a separate "funeral home of my choice" for transfer services (huh?) and lastly I called Basic.Unlike the other two places I had called, Basic Funerals and Cremation Choices took the time to explain everything to me and offered to email me a quotation that contained all of the details. They offered me various packages to choose from depending on my needs and told me there was no pressure to decide now-I could decide when the time came. The three packages were Budget, Basic and Priority (I chose Priority and would recommend it for the slight price difference). They also confirmed that there would be no additional charges beyond what I was quoted (and there wasn't!).Unfortunately, it was a very short time after this call when their service was needed. I made the call to Basic and they took care of everything. They were incredibly professional the whole way through. From the initial phone call, to the follow-up call when my brother passed, to the young gentleman that came to deliver my brother's ashes and even follow-up calls, these people are top-notch.Basic Funerals and Cremations Choices took the worry out of making the arrangements. I have started recommending their service to friends and family and told my husband this is what I him to do want when my time comes.I'd like to end my review with a sincere thank you to Basic Funerals and Cremation Choices.read more
Connie P.
14:15 05 Feb 18
I was in need of immediate service and Basic Funerals were very helpful and right there tending to my request. The staff were very helpful and attentive to our needs. I would definitely recommend this service for anyone, thank you.read more
Don Mascarin
01:51 12 Jan 18
Our family lost a member who lived in Ontario while most of us are in Newfoundland. This could have caused a lot of confusion and extra expense that we did not need at this difficult time. Basic Funerals was amazing to deal with. Fast, clear, informative, inexpensive, and respectful of our wishes. We got the cremains in plenty of time for the funeral, as well as everything else we expected. I HIGHLY recommend Basic Funerals for anyone during this difficult time.read more
Communication was exemplary...clear, quick response times, helpful. I also appreciated the professional yet senstitive approach each person I spoke with had during our difficult time. One thing I very much appreciated was NO attempt to upsell whatsoever. Any tiny suggestion to get more money I would have not used their services and they never once did...very impressed by that.I was helped by David, Natasha and Kamilah and I was very happy with their customer service...I would highly recommend Basic Funerals.read more
Evangelina Coleman
19:47 12 Nov 17
My Mom had a prearranged plan with Basic Funerals at my recommendation. I found them on the internet and my Mom prearranged everything back in 2011. When my Mom passed we contacted Robin who was her Prearrangement Specialist and was extremely helpful from start to finish. I highly recommend Basic Funerals. Thank you so much Robin and staff for all your help at this difficult time!!!read more
Sandy J-Lee
18:13 12 Nov 17
Very helpful. Compassionate.
Nadine Kyle
13:59 12 Oct 17
Representatives on the phone and in person were so courteous, efficient and straight forward. It was a very difficult time for my elderly parents, and they made it so much easier and in ways enjoyable. Thank you Robin ans Stephanie for such professionalism ! The price is very affordable, no frills and up-selling. Highly recommended.read more
Dragana Skokovic-Sunjic
02:02 11 Oct 17
Prompt response. They understand and listened to your needs. Robin was extremely professionnal, caring and understood what I wanted in regards of my dad's pre-arrangements. It feels good to be understood. Robin was great and went above and beyond to provide me with a great service and no surprise in regards of the pricing.GREAT PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE.I would recommend highly BASIC FUNERALS.read more
Johanne Coshall
15:20 09 Oct 17
Basic Funeral and Cremation Choices was the right choice for my mother's cremation. I contacted Jessica a few days before the time and she provided a quotation after a few minutes on the phone. The quotation was exactly what we were looking for. The price was reasonable. Jessica was on site for the cremation and everything went as planned. I would highly recommend Jessica and her firm.read more
Ravi Aggarwal
16:13 05 Oct 17
Jessica, was wonderful She took her time walking my family through our options. The detailed information she provided was priceless. Guiding us through a very difficult time. This was the second time using her services. I'd definitely use Basic Funerals and Cremations again. Also considering prearrangement of my own aftercare services. Offering my family peace of mind that my wishes were already thought out and paid for!Louise Kruegerread more
Louise Munro
02:36 05 Oct 17
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