Grande Prairie Cremation FAQ


Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer Rod Attwell
Rod Attwell – General Manager
Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer


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?

Yes, some sort of casket is required. This may be a simple plywood container/casket. At Oliver’s we offer a variety of options for cremations caskets.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?

No. However at Oliver’s we do recommend embalming if there is a a visitation or viewing.

Can the body be viewed without embalming?

Yes – usually- at Oliver’s we allow just the immediate family members to briefly view the deceased prior to cremation.

Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes you can, since Oliver’s owns and operates their own crematorium this is possible.

What can be done with the cremated remains?

While laws vary from province to 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 long does the actual cremation take?

It all depends on the weight of the individual. For an average sized adult, cremation can take three to four hours at a normal operating temperature of between 2,000 and 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit.

What do the cremated remains look like?

Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in colour. 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 retort 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, at Oliver’s it is our policy that at minimum if no urn is selected or provided by the family then the cremated remains must be placed in a minimum utility urn provided by our crematorium for a basic fee. 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 you have other questions, please give us a call. We would be pleased to have a conversation with you and there’s absolutely no obligation. If you prefer, please send us an e-mail or even drop by and speak to us face-to-face (we’ll even buy you a coffee).

Telephone: 780.532.2929


Please be assured that our family at Oliver’s will make sure you understand all options before making decisions.

That is our promise to you.


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