Cremation and burial are the two legal forms of disposition for the deceased in British Columbia. Cremation can be a simple and immediate way to care for someone, trusting that, in your own time, you’ll find a fitting way to say goodbye, remember and acknowledge the life lived. It can also be part of a series of sacred and meaningful rituals that create opportunities to mourn and celebrate the person who died as well as honour the impact their death has on the lives of those left behind.
Cremation is the “disposition of choice” for laying our dead to rest in the Metro Vancouver area for many reasons. Some people choose it due to cultural or religious requirements or a personal sense of spiritual resonance with fire. Others are drawn to it because it can be a simpler and less expensive option over conventional burial.
Compared to burial, there is a sense that cremation offers more flexibility for families whose roots are elsewhere or for people whose families are very mobile; in these situations, the ashes, or cremated remains can travel with you if you move or wish to easily return someone to their home community (repatriation).
It can be incorporated into any type of ceremony or service or be a simple act separate from what you consider a fitting goodbye ritual or gathering. Opportunities for participation exist with cremation just as with burial, family and friends can be present or witness it and say a final goodbye in a profound and meaningful way. Finally, there is a widespread perception that it is a greener option than conventional burial.
Whatever this cremation is for you, we can help. You can call us at 604.324.8285 anytime of day or night for help with an immediate death. For all other inquires, our business hours are Monday to Friday from 10 am – 5 pm and by appointment only. Please call or email us during our business hours if your need is not urgent and for help with planning ahead. <
You’ll find our prices and packages straightforward and easy to understand. There are no hidden fees. Visit the KORU Shop to see prices for urns, jewellery and other items to help you say goodbye and remember. Read more for all other prices including to arrange for cremation.
You can purchase what you need directly from our online KORU Shop, whether or not we help you with caring for your dead. Visit our Shop to see our diverse selection of urns and keepsake items like jewellery.
Every cremation in BC requires a rigid, combustible container for the deceased. These containers (also known as caskets) are not available for purchase in the online KORU Shop. You can, however, look online to see what products we carry, get a sense of which items suite your needs, your tastes and your budget and be ready to talk about this.
Please visit the FAQ section for more information
- Cremation is one of two legal ways to care for the deceased in BC.
- 48 hours is the mandatory, legally required waiting period after death before a cremation can take place.
- 2-3 hours is the usually duration of a cremation.
- The amount of ash after cremation is more dependent on bone density than body weight.
- 200 cubic inches / 3277 cubic cm is the average volume of cremated remains.
- 7-10 lbs / 3-4.5 kg is the average weight of cremated remains.
- In BC, the deceased must be cremated inside a rigid, combustible container.
- You can be present for the beginning of the cremation process just like witnessing the lowering of a casket into the ground.
- Memorial reefs, now available in BC, are permanent underwater cemeteries for cremated remains.
- Cremation allows you all the same opportunities as burial for ritual and ceremony.