Why Cremations Are Popular in Greater Vancouver

November 24th, 2023 in Cremation and Tradition
Why Cremations Are Popular in Greater Vancouver

Cremation rates in Canada have been steadily increasing for the last 20 years. Today, roughly 75% of families choose cremation over traditional burial. These same numbers apply to funeral services in Vancouver, a microcosm of what is happening Canada-wide. In today’s blog article, we are going to talk about why cremations are so popular in Vancouver.

There are two simple reasons why cremation is more popular than traditional burial in Vancouver and across Canada: simplicity and cost.


It is just easier to choose cremation. Bodies that are going to be buried require more choices to be made.

Is there going to be an open casket? Visitation? If so, the body has to be prepared for that.

What kind of casket will you choose?

Where will the person be buried? Do you have a plot?

What will you do about a funeral? Will there be a graveside service?

What will you decide about a headstone? How long will that take?

None of these choices apply when you choose cremation. It is as simple as deciding that you want cremation. There is not a big choice of caskets because only specific types can be cremated. Ashes can be kept, divided up among family members, spread, or buried.

Cremation can occur 48 hours after a death. This lends to the simplicity of cremation.


Cremation is cheaper. It is as simple as that. It is cheaper in a large part because none of the choices listed above apply to cremation. In a big city like Vancouver, with sky-high real estate prices, plots are particularly expensive. So, cremation is increasingly attractive for those living in a big city.

With cremation, you do not need all of what is listed below:

Preparation of the body for visitation

A plot

A headstone

A special casket

Funeral or graveside services.

Cremation is increasingly the most common choice for funeral services in Vancouver and the rest of Canada. And the reasons for this are the ease and simplicity of choosing cremation and its lower cost. 

Cremation is much more cost-effective and budget-friendly than tradition burial. You are always welcome to contact us if you would like to talk about cremation or funeral details. We can be reached in Vancouver at (604) 809-2006


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