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AQUAMATION
(ALKALINE HYDROLYSIS)

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WHAT IS AQUAMATION?

Alkaline Hydrolysis, also known as Aquamation, is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional cremation and burial methods. This process uses water and an alkali solution to accelerate the natural decomposition of the body. Operating at a high temperature and under high pressure, the combination gently breaks down the body's organic materials, leaving behind only the bones, which are then dried and processed into a white, powdery substance similar to ashes received after cremation. The entire process is energy-efficient and emits significantly fewer greenhouse gases, making it a more sustainable choice for families considering their environmental impact.

$4,500 - Simple Direct Care Aquamation Service

We provide more than you'd expect and include all of the following...

  • Transfer from place of death, regardless of where it occurred (Within Winnipeg) included.

  • Arrangement session in our planning centre on St. Mary Avenue included.

  • Registration of death with the Province of Manitoba included.

  • Professionally prepared and completed CPP Death Benefit and Survivor's Benefit Applications included.

  • Death Certificates are included. (Provincial Certificates for land-titles adds $30, added only if needed)

  • Aquamation Fees included.

  • Obituary notice of any length along with a photo-tribute (up to 30 photos) is included at no extra charge (on our website) - Please view a sample by Clicking HERE.

  • Free Press Obituary Placement - we handle editing, formatting and placement. This often reduces costs considerably. The Free Press charges based on the length, and we do not markup the Free Press' standard publication fees.

  • Urns are sold (optionally) on a non-profit basis, starting at less than $100. Families are encouraged to provide their own or purchase elsewhere if desired.

Legal and Logistical Considerations for Aquamation

Alkaline Hydrolysis, or Aquamation, is an innovative and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional cremation and burial methods. However, it's important for our clients to understand that this method is not currently legal in Manitoba. As a result, we are required to transport your loved one to a licensed facility in Saskatchewan, where Aquamation is legally performed. This journey involves approximately 800 km of travel, which our team manages with the utmost care and respect.
 

Why Saskatchewan?
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Saskatchewan is one of the few provinces in Canada where Aquamation has been authorized and regulated, making it a destination for families in Manitoba seeking this service. Our chosen facility in Saskatchewan is within reasonable driving distance, and adheres to the highest standards of care and environmental stewardship, ensuring that your loved one is treated with dignity throughout the process.

Timeline

Due to the distance involved, families should anticipate an extended timeline for the completion of the Aquamation process and the return of the remains. We plan and coordinate the entire process, keeping families informed at every step.

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What might add to costs?

Winnipeg Free Press Obituary

~based on length

NO MARKUP SERVICE

Obituaries in the Winnipeg Free Press 100% optional and are priced based on length. You'll pay no more that what you would pay handling things yourself.

Many of our clients will opt to publish a short version in the Winnipeg Free Press and include a few lines pointing the reader to the longer, free version on our website. This can drastically reduce overall costs of publishing an obituary.

Land Titles Death Certificate

$30 - no tax

AT COST - NON-PROFIT

A death certificate from the Province of Manitoba may be needed to handle land titles changes after death. These certificates are $30 but not everyone owns property, so not everyone needs one.

One certificate is needed for each province in which property is owned.

Certificates can be acquired on a rush basis for $60. Payable to the Minister of Finance. No taxes are added.

Private Viewing

$1395 + gst

EMBALMING USUALLY
NOT REQUIRED

Our Aquamation Package is designed for families who are not interested in a viewing.

For those who would like us to prepare the deceased for viewing, we are happy to provide a solid oak ceremonial casket (on a rented basis) is included. 

A beautiful riverside facility located on Wellington Crescent is provided for one hour. Additional may be added at $150/hour.

Basic preparation of the body is included. Dressing, casketing, hair and cosmetic services are included.

Embalming is not included, and is  NOT usually required, although there are some circumstances which require embalming services. Please consult with our staff to determine whether or not embalming will be necessary. We make every effort to avoid the embalming procedure.

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