We hope that the city funeral guide we have provided for St. Catharines and the surrounding region helps users 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 20 funeral homes in the St. Catharines region - with InMemory maintaining pricing information for 14 of these companies. (This is a little lower percentage than we would normally see for other cities in Ontario; if you manage to obtain a price list for a funeral home which is not in the list below, then please do not hesitate to send to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
We have broken out this guide into 4 different parts:
- Refresher on how to use InMemory to find and compare providers in St. Catharines.
- Listing of funeral providers in St. Catharines and the surrounding region
- Summary analysis of funeral prices in the region
- 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 St. Catharines. The search in the link incorporates a 25km radius. Increasing to 50 kms will broaden the listing results to include providers in and near Hamilton.
Listing of funeral providers in St. Catharines & the Niagara 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:
St. Catharines Funeral Homes
- Considerate Cremation and Burial Services
- eco Cremation & Burial Services - St. Catharines
- George Darte Funeral Chapel
- Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel
- Passfield Mortuary Services
- Patrick J Darte Funeral Chapel
Thorold Funeral Homes
Vineland Funeral Homes
Welland Funeral Homes
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 19 providers in St Catharines and surrounding cities, SCI owns 2 and Arbor owns 4. 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)
- Hetherington & Deans Funeral Chapel
- Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel
- Butler Funeral Home
- Cremation Basics
- J.J. Patterson & Sons Funeral Residence
- Welland 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.