We hope that the city funeral guide we have provided for Kingston and the surrounding region (including Napanee) helps visitors to InMemory.ca gain a better understand the choice they have amongst different providers in the region - as well as the range of costs of different service options.
Our research indicates that there are 14 funeral homes in the Kingston / Napanee region - with InMemory maintaining pricing information for 12 of these companies.
We have broken out this guide into 4 different parts:
- Refresher on how to use InMemory to find and compare providers in Kingston and the surrounding region
- Listing of funeral providers in the area
- Summary analysis of funeral prices
- Other information
How do I use InMemory to find and compare funeral providers?
4. Alternatively, you can view dedicated search results for funeral homes in Kingston. The search in the link incorporates a 50 km radius. Lowering the range to 25 kms, will decrease the number of funeral provider listings to 7 - 6 in Kingston and 1 in Odessa.
Listing of funeral providers in Kingston and surrounding region
Or, if you'd like to first consider the options available with the funeral homes near you, we have provided a list for you in alphabetical order broken out by city:
Analysis of Funeral Prices in Kingston and surrounding areas (including Napanee)
Our high level analysis of funeral pricing (average, minimum and maximum) in Kitchener, Napanee and a few surrounding towns is provided below. As usual, this analysis provides details on just the four types of services covered by InMemory.ca. Please also note that the fees that are analyzed are the professional fees levied by the funeral provider only, i.e. this pricing summary does not include costs such as cremation fees, flowers, caskets, cemetery plots or opening/closing costs.
Interestingly, of the 10 city guides completed thus far for Ontario, the Kingston region has pricing which on average is lower than any other region in Ontario. (Bear in mind that we do not have pricing for two Arbor homes - see "Other issues below" - which could impact this analysis).
As usual, if there is other information you would like to see, or if you would like the information presented in a different format, please do not hesitate to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Min $ 4,330
- Max $ 6,030
- Min $ 2,170
- Max $ 3,745
- Min $ 2,675
- Max $ 4,345
- Min $ 660
- Max $ 2.,470
Further detail on additional costs and cash disbursements (over and above the funeral provider's professional fees summarized above) is available on our InMemory resource page - How much is it going to cost? We are also pleased to provide further information on financial assistance should it be required.
Corporate versus family owned
Few people outside the funeral industry are aware that one large multinational corporate (Service Corporate International - "SCI") and another large national chain (Arbor Memorial - "Arbor") together hold substantial market share across Canada - and, in particular, in the larger cities.
Of the 12 providers in Kingston and surrounding communities, Arbor owns 4. (SCI does not have any representation in the area). See the summary list below. It's interesting that both companies have elected to keep their funeral homes operating under independent names than their corporate brand.
- Cremation Basics
- Gordon F Tompkins Funeral Home
- Gordon F Tompkins Funeral Home - Township Chapel
- Robert J Reid & Sons Funeral Home
Choosing between a national / multinational corporate chain versus family owned homes is a question that individuals need to answer for themselves. Corporate chains have the advantage of scale which will drive their costs down; from our analysis however, they do not pass on these savings to the consumer. At the same time, we do not see corporate chains on the absolute high end of pricing either. One advantage of a corporate chain is that they will have stronger internal governance / training which should lead to a more consistent, quality experience.
On the other hand, smaller family owned chains may be more variable in the service they provide, but are more connected to their respective communities and have the ability to be more flexible on the services they can offer (as they won't be governed by a corporate policy manual).
It's important to stress though, that there is no right or wrong in what direction you want to take!
Just a reminder, we offer some helpful comments in our Resources page on points you should be aware of before you contact a funeral home.
We would like to thank you for your use of InMemory.ca and as it grows from its launch in June 2018, we will be pleased to offer additional information such as InMemory Confidence Badges and customer reviews to assist your decision making. We trust this information is useful for you and encourage you to submit a quote request or contact request to your funeral home of choice and then please leave a review of your selected funeral home afterwards to assist others in this time of need.