This city guide covers Peterborough and the surrounding area - including Bobcaygeon, Bowmanville, Campbellford, Cobourg, Colborne, Hastings, Havelock, Hawkesbury, Lakefield, Norwood, and Port Hope.  Our research has indicated that there are 22 funeral service providers in this region with InMemory maintaining pricing details for 20 of these funeral homes.

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 the area
  • Listing of providers in Peterborough and the surrounding region
  • Summary analysis of funeral prices in the area
  • 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 Peterborough and the surrounding area based on location and service:

4. Alternatively, you can view dedicated search results for funeral homes in Peterborough and the surrounding area.  For this search, we have used a range of 50 kms.  If you decrease the search radius to say 25 kms, you will narrow the results down to just the 7 service providers in Peterborough.

Funeral Homes in Peterborough

Listing of funeral providers in Peterborough and the surrounding community

Or, if you'd like to first consider the options available with funeral service providers in and around Peterborough, we have provided a list for you broken out by city in alphabetical order:

Analysis of Funeral Prices in Peterborough and surrounding communities

We have provided a summary below of average, minimum and maximum pricing for the four different types of services covered at InMemory.  This summary includes Peterborough and surrounding communities within a 50 km search radius.

Just to make sure we're on the same page on what we are analyzing, note that we are looking 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).

If you would like to see additional information in these guides or have the information presented in a different format, please do not hesitate to let us know at contact@inmemory.ca.

Traditional Funeral

Avg $ 5,132
  • Min $ 4,300
  • Max $ 5,965

Graveside Service

Avg $ 3,155
  • Min $ 2,295
  • Max $ 4,630

Memorial Service

Avg $ 3,668
  • Min $ 2,605
  • Max $ 4,570

Direct Cremation

Avg $ 1,965
  • Min $ 660
  • Max $ 3,970

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 8 providers with listings in Peterborough, 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)

  • Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre

Arbor Memorial

  • Cremation Basics
  • Nisbett 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.