We are preparing city guides to help you analyse and ultimately to select a funeral provider in major cities across Canada.  I must admit that I didn't expect there to be 18 such providers in the city of London - this number is comparable to significantly larger cities such as Hamilton.

Fortunately, InMemory has managed to obtain pricing details on all 18 of these providers.  It is our sincere hope that the information we provide below will help make the process of selecting a provider a little easier for you.

We have broken out this guide into 4 different parts:

  • Refresher on how to use InMemory to find and compare funeral service providers in London.
  • Listing of providers in London
  • Summary analysis of funeral prices in London
  • Other information

(As always, if there is more information we can include, or if we can present information in a different format, please do not hesitate to let us know at contact@inmemory.ca).

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 London based on location and service:

4. Alternatively, you can view dedicated search results for funeral homes in London.  For this search, we have used a radius of 10 kms.  If you increase the search radius to 25 kms, then the list of funeral service providers increases from 18 to 24 - including providers in Mt Brydges, Komoka and St Thomas.

Funeral Homes in London, Ontario

Listing of funeral providers in London

Analysis of Funeral Prices in London

Just like other cities and regions, funeral prices in London vary greatly; looking specifically at the professional fees levied by the funeral provider only (i.e. not including such costs as cremation container or burial caskets, cremation fees, flowers, cemetery plots etc.), the lowest priced direct cremation comes in at $660, and the highest price traditional funeral is $6,400.

Average prices for a traditional funeral, graveside service, memorial service (following a cremation) and a direct cremation are $5,527, $3,391, $4,068 and $660 respectively.  (See below table). One interesting observation ... on average, the cost of such funeral services (excluding direction cremations) are between 25-30% higher in London than in Hamilton.   This is despite the fact that London has more funeral homes (per capita) than Hamilton.

 

Traditional Funeral

Avg $ 5.527
  • Min $ 4,595
  • Max $ 6.400

Graveside Service

Avg $ 3,391
  • Min $ 2.505
  • Max $ 4,110

Memorial Service

Avg $ 4,068
  • Min $ 3,005
  • Max $ 5.440

Direct Cremation

Avg $ 1,875
  • Min $ 660
  • Max $ 2,865

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 17 providers with listings in London, SCI owns 1 and Arbor owns 2.  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)

  • Needham Funeral Service

Arbor Memorial

  • Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Cemetery
  • Memorial 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.