The Basic Alternatives Service Package serves as the starting point and is included with all of the service options below.
Our Basic Alternatives Service Package includes:
The professional services of our licensed funeral directors and staff;
Basic sheltering and facility fees;
Transfer of the deceased from the place of death (additional fees may apply outside of the Greater Calgary area);
Required documentation to register a death and obtain required permits and death certificates;
Arrangements made in the comfort and security of your own home;
Delivery of ashes and death certificates back to you.
Each Service Option also includes the staff to organize and attend any service, and all vehicles required for transportation of the casket to the service and cemetery.
Please note: Items such as caskets, urns, cemetery and cremation fees, Death Certificates, Rural Transportation Fees, Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board Fee ($10), $10.09 towards the Provincial Carbon Levy and GST are not included.
The Funeral Service is held at the church or other facility of your choice prior to the burial or cremation. The casket is present in this service option. We will work with you and your clergy member or celebrant to help arrange a date and time convenient for all at the church or other facility. We will also reserve facilities and arrange catering for a reception, if desired. We also place obituaries, both in newspapers as well as our online obituary service. We arrange for flowers, guest books, and service cards. Should you require, we will arrange for transportation, such as limousines or town cars. We also handle the arrangements for viewing and cemetery burial or cremation.
Open Casket $3380 Closed Casket $2780
Memorial Service or Celebration of Life
Memorial Service is a ceremony held at a location where the deceased and casket
are not present, but where the urn containing the ashes may be present. At
Alternatives we will help arrange all the details that allow you to celebrate
the life of a loved one. Reserving facilities, finding a member of the Clergy
or celebrant, catering and reception, placing obituaries, and arranging for
guest books and flowers. We ensure you have a variety of options to choose from
to create the celebration or service you want.
A Graveside Service is the ceremony of interring a casket or urn in a cemetery of your choice without any church service. A minister, or perhaps a celebrant, helps perform a burial rite while family, friends and pallbearers are involved as active participants. Alternatives will arrange the details for you, and assist you in personalizing the service any way you see fit, from a shoulder carry of the casket to a dove or balloon release and live music at the graveside. We can make even a simple burial a unique and memorable event.
With a Direct Cremation, there are no formal ceremonies in a church or at a cemetery. If burial is selected, Alternatives will complete the interment with the selected cemetery; however the family is not present. If cremation is chosen, the cremated remains and death certificates are returned in person to the executor. If you wish, you can still select many of our other services such as visitations, obituaries, or extra death certificates. We can also create an Alternatives Event™ for you at a later date. If cremation is selected, we offer a wide array of urns and a unique variety of memorial keepsakes.
$1490 including all Government paperwork, Cremation Fee, Cremation container, Funeral Directors Statement of Death plus GST and $10 Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Fee (AFSRB) & $11.09 towards the provincial carbon levy for a total of $1585.59.
At Alternatives we are very proud to be one of
only 40 funeral homes in North America that are 3 leaf rated by the Green
Burial Council of North America. We offer services and products that not only create a meaningful
funeral or cremation experience but that also minimize the overall
environmental impact on Mother Earth. It is sustainable death care that results
in the reduction of carbon emissions, toxification, and waste. From caskets and
urns made of biodegradable materials to environmentally friendly embalming
techniques and alliances with Green Certified cemeteries, these are just a few
of our commitments that aid in the reduction of carbon emissions, conservation
of natural resources, protection of our staff and preservation of habitat. To
view our Green products, including caskets and urns, click here.
casket, cemetery fees, Death Certificate, or GST
casket, cemetery fees, Death Certificate, or GST
Some families without any religious affiliation
find that a formal funeral or memorial service feels out of sync with the
deceased and themselves. There is also a trend in final arrangements towards a
so-called “celebration” that, for some, comes uncomfortably close to a “party”.
As a result, more families than ever know what they don’t want, but are left wondering what to do.
To address this situation, we created a
completely new and unique service option: the Alternatives Event™.
Our Licensed Funeral Directors and Event
Planners will design and present theme proposals to the family, and will
preside over the order of service on your behalf. The content of the Event will
be customized for your family, and often held in a unique facility or location
relevant to the deceased’s life. And here’s another key distinction: unlike
most ceremonies at which attendees are merely spectators, an Alternatives Event™
encourages involvement and participation.
Example of an Alternatives Event™:
We arranged for a family’s Alternatives Event™
to be held in a hangar at a municipal airport in honour of a deceased pilot. The
Event was staged in a hangar, and we catered a barbeque – a favourite of the
deceased – outdoors on the tarmac for guests to enjoy. We also stationed a
bartender dressed in a flight attendant’s uniform at an open bar, and arranged
for the family to arrive by helicopter bearing the ashes of the deceased so
that the guest of honour would be present, and we organized a flyby of restored
World War II aircraft as the finale of the Event.
Guests also had an opportunity to fly and land
radio-controlled helicopters in exchange for donations to the deceased’s
charity with the amount based on accuracy of flight. The result? A completely
involving and interactive event that proved truly meaningful and memorable to
everyone who took part and attended.
Sounds very different
from a funeral or memorial service, doesn’t it? Perhaps now you have a better
idea of what your family would want.
And when it comes to cost, you’ll
find it surprisingly affordable.