This pricing guide covers the Ontario tri-city area including Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge.  (I guess this means the Tri-City area and Guelph!)  Our research shows that there are 20 funeral service providers in this region - with InMemory maintaining pricing particulars on 18 of them.

We hope that the information we provide helps to make the process of selecting a funeral service provider a little easier for you; as always, however, if there is additional information you would like us to provide, please do not hesitate to let us know at contact@inmemory.ca.

We have broken out this guide into 4 different parts:

  • Refresher on how to use InMemory to find and compare providers in Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph.
  • Listing of funeral providers in the Tri-City (and Guelph) area
  • Summary analysis of funeral prices in the area
  • Other information

How do I use InMemory to find and compare funeral providers?

  1. Select from four primary types of funeral arrangements
  2. Peruse InMemory resources to assist with understanding the cost of funerals and procuring answers to frequently asked questions.
  3. Find & compare funeral homes in the Tri-City area based on location and service:

4. Alternatively, you can view dedicated search results for funeral homes in Kitchener-Waterloo and the Tri-City area.   Note that this search used a range of 25 kms.  If you increase the range to 50 kms, the number of listings increases to 41 from 18, i.e. it includes other cities such as Hamilton and Brantford.

Funeral Homes in Kitchener Waterloo

Listing of funeral providers in Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge

Or, if you'd like to first consider the options available at funeral homes in the Tri-City area which are near to you, we have provided a list for you in alphabetical order:

 

Analysis of funeral home prices in Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph & Cambridge

Our summary of funeral pricing in Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding cities is provided below.  Note that this analysis provides details on just the four types of services covered by InMemory.ca.  Please also bear in mind 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.

(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 contact@inmemory.ca).

Traditional Funeral

Avg $ 5,663
  • Min $ 3,990
  • Max $ 6,665

Graveside Service

Avg $ 3,322
  • Min $ 1,905
  • Max $ 4,200

Memorial Service

Avg $ 3,646
  • Min $ 2,650
  • Max $ 4,470

Direct Cremation

Avg $ 1,878
  • Min $ 660
  • Max $ 2,860

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.

Other issues

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 18 providers in the Kitchener - Waterloo area (including Guelph and Cambridge), SCI owns 4 and Arbor owns 1.  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.

Service Chain International (operating under "Dignity" brand)

  • Barthel Funeral Home
  • Coutts Funeral Home and Cremation Centre
  • T. Little Funeral Home & Cremation Centre
  • Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre

Arbor Memorial

  • Cremation Basics

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.