Obituaries

George MacDonald
B: 1938-08-07
D: 2017-10-16
View Details
MacDonald, George
David Hall
D: 2017-10-14
View Details
Hall, David
Irma Churchill
B: 1929-04-29
D: 2017-10-10
View Details
Churchill, Irma
Robert Thomas
B: 1962-06-08
D: 2017-10-08
View Details
Thomas, Robert
Paul Titus
B: 1955-03-27
D: 2017-10-08
View Details
Titus, Paul
Randall Nickerson
B: 1928-03-13
D: 2017-10-03
View Details
Nickerson, Randall
Joseph "Wally" Hubbard
B: 1932-06-29
D: 2017-09-30
View Details
Hubbard, Joseph "Wally"
Ellen Webster
B: 1916-08-18
D: 2017-09-19
View Details
Webster, Ellen
Anna Frotten
B: 1931-05-16
D: 2017-09-18
View Details
Frotten, Anna
Sandra Raynard
B: 1961-04-01
D: 2017-09-18
View Details
Raynard, Sandra
Beverly LeBlanc
B: 1947-11-10
D: 2017-09-18
View Details
LeBlanc, Beverly
Thomas Goudey
B: 1932-09-16
D: 2017-09-10
View Details
Goudey, Thomas
Grace Lowe
B: 1932-02-17
D: 2017-09-10
View Details
Lowe, Grace
Robert Lewis
B: 1966-05-28
D: 2017-09-05
View Details
Lewis, Robert
Kathleen Saulnier
B: 1925-09-21
D: 2017-09-04
View Details
Saulnier, Kathleen
Marie "Mabel" LeBlanc
B: 1941-05-21
D: 2017-09-03
View Details
LeBlanc, Marie "Mabel"
Clarence Davis
B: 1918-09-05
D: 2017-09-02
View Details
Davis, Clarence
Reta Clark
B: 1946-08-12
D: 2017-09-02
View Details
Clark, Reta
Gloria Payn
B: 1930-07-27
D: 2017-08-30
View Details
Payn, Gloria
Ludger Surette
B: 1924-12-20
D: 2017-08-16
View Details
Surette, Ludger
Richard Kemp
B: 1934-06-07
D: 2017-08-16
View Details
Kemp, Richard

Search

Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
567 Main St.
YARMOUTH, NS B5A 1J6
Phone: (902) 742-3245
Fax: (902) 742-2101

Immediate Need

If you have immediate need of our services, we're available for you 24 hours a day.

Pre-Arrangement

A gift to your family, sparing them hard decisions at an emotional time.

Obituaries & Tributes

It is not always possible to pay respects in person, so we hope that this small token will help.

Order Flowers

Offer a gift of comfort and beauty to a family suffering from loss.
Cremation
Home

Obituaries & Tributes

(902) 742-3245 Immediate Need

A A A

Text Sizing

567 Main St., YARMOUTH, NS B5A 1J6
(902) 742-3245
Click Here for Maps & Directions

Cremation

Decomposition of the body in the earth (after burial) is the slow oxidation of the body tissues. Cremation, on the other hand, provides rapid oxidation.

No casket is legally required for cremation, just a simple container, which is strong enough to hold the body. This could be a box of rough boards, pressboard, or heavy cardboard.

Some crematories accept metal caskets; most require the container to be combustible.

Cremation Choices

If the body is cremated:

  • The remains can be stored by the family
  • You may take the remains in the simple cardboard box supplied by the crematory and distribute ("scatter") them over the land or water.
  • The remains can be placed in a niche within a columbarium.
  • The remains can be buried in the ground in a regular plot or in a smaller cremation plot.
  • The remains can be entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum.

Why people choose cremation

In the United States, in 1972, only five percent chose cremation. That number had quintupled by 1999, with over 25% choosing cremation. The Cremation Association of North America predicts that by 2010, that figure will rise to 36%. In Canada, the rate is already over 42%; in Great Britain, 71%; and over 98% in Japan.

Those who choose cremation (for themselves or others) often hold the belief that it is better to honour the memory of the person, not the dead body.

Here are some other reasons you might choose cremation:

  • Cremation is traditional in your family, religious group, or geographical area
  • You prefer the body to be returned quickly and cleanly to the elements
  • Many people believe that a cremated body becomes one with nature more quickly
  • You have environmental concerns
  • Perhaps you are worried about the use of valuable land for cemetery space, or believe it is wrong to fill the ground with materials that won't erode, such as metal coffins and concrete vaults
  • You want to keep the costs down
  • Selecting cremation does not mean, however, that you will have an inexpensive funeral
  • You might still choose an expensive casket and/or a viewing, and/or decide to have the cremated remains buried in the ground or placed in a columbarium. These choices can bring your costs up to those of a traditional funeral

Decisions you must make if you choose cremation

  • Who will do the cremation (a funeral home or a firm that specializes in direct cremation)
  • Whether to use an urn or container
  • What to do with the remains

If you are distributing the remains

Some jurisdictions have laws prohibiting the scattering of remains; others require a permit. Ask your funeral director.

Also, ask if there are any firms in your area that specialize in unique ways of distributing the remains, such as a plane to spread them over a mountain, or a ship to scatter them at sea.

Think of places that were especially loved by the deceased, close to home or far away. You can walk in the woods, by a favourite lake, or on the old family farm.

Be sure to ask permission if you want to use private property.

What about using the remains to create new life, by planting a tree? Some survivors choose to mix the remains with the soil in flower beds and rose gardens at home. Every time the roses bloom, you will be reminded of your loved one.

If you decide to do this, however, consider what will happen if, some day, you move away.

Pre-Arrange Your Funeral

Contact Us

Site Search

Daily Grief Support by Email

Grieving doesn't always end with the funeral: subscribe to our daily grief support email, designed to help you a little bit every day, by filling out the form below.

Weekly Email Tips to Support a Grieving Friend

Those grieving are in great need of support. If a close friend has recently experienced a loss, fill out the form below to subscribe to our weekly tips and find out how you can be most helpful.

Proudly Serving the Communities of YARMOUTH and Yarmouth;Southwest Nova Scotia;Digby; Wedgeport;Pubnico; Meteghan
(902) 742-3245 | 567 Main St. | YARMOUTH, NS B5A 1J6 | Fax: (902) 742-2101 | Email: sweenysfh@eastlink.ca (902) 742-3245 | 567 Main St. | YARMOUTH, NS B5A 1J6 | Fax: (902) 742-2101 | Email: sweenysfh@eastlink.ca (902) 742-3245 | 567 Main St. | YARMOUTH, NS B5A 1J6 | Fax: (902) 742-2101 | Email: sweenysfh@eastlink.ca (902) 742-3245 | 567 Main St. | YARMOUTH, NS B5A 1J6 | Fax: (902) 742-2101 | Email: sweenysfh@eastlink.ca (902) 742-3245 | 567 Main St. | YARMOUTH, NS B5A 1J6 | Fax: (902) 742-2101 | Email: sweenysfh@eastlink.ca