Affordable Direct Cremation Service in Ottawa

When money is an issue or the typical funeral arrangements are not suitable for your family’s wishes, direct cremation services in Ottawa offer an affordable option. Unless added as additional paid services, formalities such as visitation and memorial services are not arranged and instead, cremation occurs shortly after the death.

Your funeral director at First Memorial Funeral Services will meet with you to complete the necessary paperwork and authorizations to register the death, secure the death certificate and cremation permit. From there, your funeral director will arrange the transfer from the place of death to the funeral home and direct cremation or cemetery as required.

Traditional Funeral Service Options for Cremation

When you choose to have your loved one cremated, holding a traditional funeral service is one of the options offered by First Memorial Funeral Services in Ottawa. This memorial service begins with a private visitation or viewing with the family a day or two before the scheduled funeral date or the day of the funeral.

This private time is a way for families to say goodbye to their loved ones for the final time and ease the grieving process.

There are a number of locations to hold your traditional funeral, including:

  • Services at the funeral home
  • Your local church
  • A location of your choice

Keep in mind that the number of attendees may affect the location where you choose to hold your funeral services.

After the service, the casket will then be taken to the crematorium. A reception is often held afterwards and can be hosted at our funeral home or at another location of your choosing.

Traditional Funeral Service Options For Cremation

Service of Remembrance/Memorial Ceremony

If the deceased or family has decided to forgo a traditional funeral service, you can still hold a memorial or remembrance ceremony to celebrate their memory. This is often done with the urn or casket on display.

Many families find that sharing their favorite photos and pictures of loved ones or other memorabilia that represents their life is a positive way to grieve for them. Additionally, memorial services often have an open mic, where friends and family can tell memorable anecdotes about the deceased.

Interment of the urn often takes place at a later date; however, your family can also hold the memorial and Ottawa cremation services on the same day if desired.

Personalized Celebration of Life

Each of us is unique and has a special story to tell. A celebration of life is a personal and meaningful event to pay tribute to a life lived. The team at First Memorial will help you create a memorable ceremony to bring comfort to you and those you love.

As you consider the kind of celebration that best fits your loved one—or yourself, if you are planning ahead—remember that you are limited only by your imagination. Whether considering a simple tribute or a more elaborate event, we encourage you to find inspiration in the little things that made you or your loved one special.

Whether you choose burial or cremation for yourself or a family member, we can provide special touches that help celebrate each life like no other. Everyone has a passion, a joy or a family tradition. Think about how to highlight that passion in a meaningful way. Talk with our team of professionals about ideas to create a fitting celebration for your loved one or about planning ahead for your own remembrance event.

Funeral Services


With cremation, selecting a place to house the remains of the deceased is an important consideration. If your loved one or family didn’t invested in funeral pre-planning services, then selecting an urn or container is a necessary part of the process. First Memorial Funeral Services has a wide variety of urns at our disposal, everything from beautifully-decorated ceramic ones to hand-carved wooden containers, as well as eco-friendly options.

Full-sized urns are the most common compartments to house a loved one’s ashes. They can come in the shape of a vase, or something as simple as a rectangular box or compartment.

Here are some of the most popular full-sized cremation urn materials:

Stone: Families can choose between different types of stone patterns and natural textured stone.

Wood: Wooden chests made of birch, cherry or Alderwood are an elegant option to house your loved one’s ashes.

Metal: Copper urns and other metal materials are quite popular. Many metal urns can be easily decorated with custom designs and personalized engravings.

Glass: Slightly more complicated, a glass-blown bowl or urn can boast beautiful, one-of-a-kind patterns and designs many find desirable.

Ceramic: Whether you favor earth tones, or a custom-made floral urn, ceramic has been one of the most sought-after materials for housing ashes for centuries.

Eco-Friendly: There is a variety of scattering urns and ones made from natural materials that the eco-conscious will appreciate. These are constructed from various materials, including fiberboard, rock salt, sand or recycled paper.

Cremation Keepsakes & Jewelry

In addition to investing in a full-sized urn, you may also choose to remember your loved one by housing a portion of their remains in a smaller, keepsake urn or compartment. Having a keepsake urn around the home can allow you and you