James Reid On-Site Crematorium

James Reid Funeral Home has its own onsite Crematorium. As a result of changes in Ontario Legislation in 2012, Funeral Homes are now permitted to own and operate Crematoriums. We are very proud to be the first Ontario funeral home to have an onsite crematorium. Being in our beautiful funeral home, it avoids the customary industrial styled atmosphere.

With our onsite crematorium, James Reid’s can offer more respect than ever to the deceased because there is now one less transfer of the deceased. Also, because our crematorium operates seven days a week, we can offer the service times you want. No longer do you have to wait because of a busy offsite crematorium’s schedule an extra day for your service.

All of our licenced Funeral Directors are certified Crematorium Operators, so the same personable professionals you talk with in the funeral home are the same ones carrying out your cremation wishes.

Our Crematorium also has a Viewing Room with safety glass windows, also known as a Witnessing Room. From the Witnessing Room, the family may view the cremation container being placed into the retort by the operator.

The staff at James Reid Funeral Home will care for all the necessary documentation and transportation plus the cremation and disposition of the cremated remains, as well as provide free identification.

We offer a wide variety of cremation products such as urns, urn vaults for the burial of an urn, keepsake urns you can take home and cremation jewellery.

Cremation FAQ

What is Cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.  Cremation is not the final disposition of the remains, nor is it a type of funeral service.

Is a casket needed for Cremation?

No, a casket is not required, most states require an alternative container constructed of wood or cardboard, however, in some states no container is required.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?

No.  In fact it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise.

Can the body be viewed without embalming?

Yes, most crematories allow immediate family members to briefly view the deceased prior to cremation.

Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes they can; some cremation providers will allow family members to be present when the body is placed in the cremation chamber.  Some religious groups even include this as part of their funeral custom.

Can an urn be brought into church?

Nearly all Protestant Churches allow for the urn to be present during the memorial service.  Most Catholic Churches also allow the remains to be present during the Memorial Mass.  It is encouraged that cremated remains be a part of a funeral as it provides a focal point for the service.

What can be done with the cremated remains?

While laws vary province by province, for the most part remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or a cremation garden, interred in a columbarium, kept at home or scattered.

How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?

All reputable cremation providers have developed rigorous sets of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize the level of service and minimize the potential for human error.  Since it is illegal to perform more than one cremation at a time, and the vast majority of crematories can only cremate one body at a time, it is next to impossible to receive the incorrect remains.

How long does the actual cremation take?

It all depends on the weight of the individual.  For an average sized adult, cremation can take two to three hours at a normal operating temperature of between 1,000 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

What do the cremated remains look like?

Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color.  The remains of an average sized adult usually weighs between 7 and 8 pounds.

Are all the cremated remains returned?

With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.

Do I need an urn?

An urn is not required by law.  However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or if the remains are to be interred in a cemetery.  If an urn is not purchased or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary plastic container.