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Trusted Saskatoon Funeral Home Provides Information On Cremation Services

Since 1910, Saskatoon Funeral Home has responded to the needs of Saskatoon & area citizens of every faith and every walk of life. They have a proud history as Saskatoon's longest-serving, local, family-owned and operated, full-service funeral and cremation provider to trace its roots to the beginning days of our city. Saskatoon Funeral Home are a Trusted Saskatoon funeral home. In their latest article, they provide important information about their creation services. 

Cremation Services

Cremation is an alternative to the burial process and it is chosen by many people because of religious beliefs, the desire to preserve the environment or it was requested by the person who died. Cremation is often a less expensive option in comparison to a burial, mainly due to less professional fees from the funeral home, a more basic casket choice, and reduced cemetery costs. At the funeral home, the deceased is placed in a container or casket that is combustible. The casket is then placed in a cremation chamber at the crematorium where through intense heat is reduced to bone fragments that are then processed to resemble course sand.  The cremated remains of an average adult body will weigh about 7-8 pounds. Cremation is not an alternative to a funeral, but rather an alternative to burial or other forms of disposition.

Cremated remains can be scattered or buried, or they may be kept with the family in a decorative urn. There are many new and different ways to memorialize: cremated remains can be placed in an artificial coral reef in the ocean, they can be launched into space or sent up in helium balloons, or they can be spun into glass pieces of art or diamonds.

Some religions welcome cremation while others forbid it. The Catholic Church had banned cremation up until 1963, and burial remains the preferred form of disposition today. If cremation is chosen in the Catholic funeral, the church advises that the cremated remains are to be buried in a cemetery. In other Christian denominations, cremation was historically discouraged but nowadays it is more widely accepted. In eastern religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism cremation is mandated, while in Islam it is strictly forbidden. Orthodox Jewish faith also forbids cremation; other sects of Judaism support cremation, but burial remains the preferred option.

Cremation FAQ

What is Cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.

Is a casket needed for Cremation?

No, a casket is not required. An alternative container constructed of wood or cardboard is necessary in Saskatchewan. The funeral home has a number of choices to suit any budget.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?

No, embalming is not required. But you may choose to have embalming if there will be an extended time before viewing, or if there will be a traditional funeral followed by cremation.

Can the deceased be viewed without embalming?

Yes, often family members will choose to view the deceased at the funeral home prior to cremation, to say a final goodbye. In Saskatchewan, visual identification is required by law prior to the funeral home booking the cremation with the crematorium. Sometimes this can be done at the time the deceased is transferred from the place of death, otherwise, the visual identification will be done at the funeral home.

Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes, they can; family members may choose to be present when the body is placed in the cremation chamber.  Some religious groups even include this as part of their funeral custom.

Can an urn be brought into church?

Nearly all Churches allow for the urn to be present during the memorial service. Most Catholic Churches also allow the remains to be present during the Memorial Mass. Orthodox Churches encourage families to have the deceased present at the funeral in a casket.

What can be done with the cremated remains?

While laws vary province by province, for the most part, cremated remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or a cremation garden, interred in a columbarium, kept at home or scattered.  Other options to consider are to separate a portion of the cremated remains as a keepsake, choosing keepsake jewellery, blown glass, and a number of other options your funeral director can discuss with you.

How can I be sure I receive the correct cremated remains?

All cremation providers in Saskatchewan follow a rigorous set of operating policies and procedures set out in the Saskatchewan Funeral and Cremation Act in order to maximize the level of service and minimize the potential for human error. A numbered stainless steel identification disc follows the deceased through the entire process and is returned with the cremated remains.

How long does the actual cremation take?

Timing depends on the weight of the individual, and a number of other factors including the cremation container provided. For an average-sized adult, cremation can take two to three hours at a normal operating temperature of between 1,000 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

What do the cremated remains look like?

Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in colour. The remains of an average-sized adult usually weigh between 7 and 8 pounds.

Do I need an urn?

An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or if the remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not purchased or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary container.

Visit their website to learn more about pre-planning a funeral and grief support, as well as the traditional funeral and cremation services that they have to offer. They are always there to help. Check out their listing on Trusted Saskatoon to read more reviews and to see all the services they offer. 

Saskatoon Funeral Home is your Trusted Saskatoon funeral home. 

Trusted Saskatoon Caterers at PickNic's Catering's Master Shop Results

Being a Trusted Partner on the Trusted Saskatoon Directory of Excellence comes with a lot of responsibility - no other directory, advertising company, or 'watchdog organization' puts businesses through the ongoing process we do before we promote and endorse them.

Why Choose a Business On the Trusted Saskatoon Directory?

All of the Trusted Saskatoon partners have to pass a unique verification process, they are then annually contracted to uphold our 5 Trusted Guarantees. The partners then become part of a local community of Saskatoon and area businesses that we promote with a strong local marketing campaign. We also have a Trusted MYSTERY SHOPPER PROGRAM. This is where we find and engage with normal everyday people, just like you, who are looking for products and services in Saskatoon and area. We approach individuals we can see are looking for a local business and we ask them to mystery shop Trusted Saskatoon Partners. Those that agree to be Trusted mystery shoppers go about their usual business, except at the end they fill out a report to tell us about the experience. We then share it with you! We are thrilled to share our latest mystery shop. 

 PickNic's Catering Mystery Shop Report!

 PickNic's Catering and Fine Foods are Trusted Saskatoon caterers! 

Date of Mystery Shop: August 2022

Shopper : Ezna


1. How was the greeting/ welcome/ call answered? Friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.

2. Appearance of the store/staff and showroom? When I picked up my birthday cake, I was impressed with the elegance of the storefront. 

3. If a quote was required, was it well laid out/ clear? I asked for an estimate and it was clear. 

4. Overall experience 1-10. 9 out of 10

5. Would you return as a customer/ recommend them to close friends? Yes, already did

6. Did anyone stand out as exceptional? If so who? Why? Owner offered extra finishing touches when I picked up the cake, and carried it to the car. 


1. Provide the service and quality promised - 10

2. Complete the job on time - 10

3. Charge the price quoted with NO surprises - 10

4. Communicate honestly and be responsive to customer needs - 10

5. Resolve any issues with customer satisfaction in mind - 10

Ezna shared picture of the 2 cakes, and as always, they look amazing! 


Everybody absolutely loved the cupcakes and icing !
Unfortunately I never got to taste  the large  carrot cake birthday cake because my daughter and I gave it away to a gal whose mom couldn’t afford a cake and also celebrated her bday at the party. 
Apparently her face lit up when she saw cake So was worth it
It’s my compassionate daughter Alicia who heard about this and came and pitched the idea to me and how could I say no? Made me happy to see my daughter flow like that and to brighten someone else’s day - Ezna ( Mystery Shopper & birthday girl)


Yet again showing you deserve the Thumbs Up from

Let Nicola and the team at PickNic's Catering & fine Foods create something special for your next event or special occasion!

"Taste...That Delivers!"

Congratulations Bateman Jewellers Recognized As Your Trusted Saskatoon Jewellery Store For 10 years


In this series of articles, we continue to shine a spotlight on the businesses that have been partners for over 10 years. This year we recognize the Trusted Saskatoon Partners that joined us in 2012. We want to thank them for TRUSTING our team, and we are identifying each of them individually for providing 10 years of OUTSTANDING service to the citizens of Saskatoon and the surrounding area! This latest article celebrates and recognizes Cam and the talented team at Bateman Jewellers. 

“Your Jewellery Is A Lifetime Investment...Buy It From A Lifetime Friend"

A History To Be Proud Of

George Bateman opened G.W. Bateman Jewellers in October of 1945 at 122 20th Street East. George had recently returned home from overseas after serving six years in the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II as an instrument technician.

In 1948 after working at Bateman’s  Jewellery Store Millie married George and  In 1954 George opened a second store in the Senator Hotel on 21st street. In 1981 he opened a third location in Melfort. Bateman Jewellers reputation became the store with the largest assortment of diamonds and watches in Saskatoon and boasted the most up-to-date repair departments. 

Fast forward to  1992 when George's daughter Marilynand her husband Ken, purchased Bateman’s from her father George. In 1995 the store moved to its current location on  2nd Avenue South. This gave them more space and they owned the building.

In February 2004 While travelling to a jewellery show in Edmonton with a coworker, Marilyn was involved in a serious car accident. Although she continued to work during her recovery, she found it difficult. Which led to them making the decision to sell the store with the intent to retire in B.C

Cam Kripki, the current owner,  had been working for Bateman’s since 1991. Cam was eager to purchase the store from Marilyn given his education in gemology and watch repair. He appreciated the history, the legacy and the reputation Batemans had built over it’s long history. In mid 2004, Cam and his long time customer & private supplier for Bateman Jewllers, John Scarfe, started conversations about a partnership to buy the store. John also has a gemology background, he believed in the potential of Bateman’s and its good reputation.

In March 2005, Cam, his wife Janice, his business  partner John Scarfe and his wife Laurie became business partners, then in January 2016 John sold his shares  to Cam and Janice Kripki who are now the sole proprietors and continue to operate the store with integrity and care.  You may recognize Cam’s voice from his long running  ‘ Legend Of The Rock ‘ radio ads.


Over the years Bateman’s offerings have expanded to include high quality giftware, including quality fashion jewellery,  fine glassware, jewellery boxes, Maison Bergers  and beautifully designed household items. They hold a huge sale every year in October to commemorate their anniversary,  the deals available are awesome and definitely worth checking out!!

Trusted Sara and Batemans

“ I have known Cam and Janice since 2008,  and they have been my family's  jeweller ever since. When I was developing the concept for Trusted Saskatoon they were the kind of company and owners I was looking to partner with. The TrustedSaskatoon community is composed of local businesses who are true experts in their industries. In addition, they are huge supporters of the wider  Saskatoon community. Bateman Jewellers is a fine example of local supporting local and they are built on a foundation of giving back going back decades.  Jewellery is a special gift to give and I have been so happy with Cam’s help over the years  picking out Graduation, milestone anniversary &  birthday  gifts for my family and friends.  When I have been searching for the perfect gift for a valued person in my life I know I can rely on him to work with me to  provide a great option within my budget. I have also been impressed by how much Batemans gives back to the community , as a volunteer, sponsor  and prize sponsor of so many charity and fundraising events. Cam and the team are humble and rarely promote all the amazing community work they do, so I am glad Trusted can spread the word! “ - Sara Wheelwright - Trusted Founder.     

Can't find what you’re looking for? Bateman’s offers a custom jewellery design service . For example they can 3D design a ring specifically for you using professional CAD software, so you can get your perfect, special piece designed from scratch using GemVision's Matrix software.  

For an easier process, they use Countersketch Studio to edit adjustable templates to work together on a design that you will love for years to come.


Contact Cam or visit them in-store for more information.

The Trusted Saskatoon team guarantees when you choose Bateman’s as your family jewellers  you will receive outstanding value and attentive personal service from a local family owned business that truly cares and is there for you before, during and after your purchase! 


Thank you for TRUSTING us Cam, Janice and the Bateman’s team. You have  provided 10 years of AMAZING service to the people of Saskatoon  as our Trusted Saskatoon Jewellery store. Bateman Jewellers continues to be a wonderful legacy in our city, that has always provided personal and outstanding service to Saskatoon and area for nearly 80years!

We are proud to support then and to share that they upheld the 5 TRUSTED GUARANTEES of service long before we came along.

Bateman Jewellers   - Your Trusted Saskatoon Jewellers for over 10 years. 

When the Trusted Saskatoon team gives a business the 'Thumbs Up' it really means something!! So continue to use and recommend to FIND GREAT LOCAL BUSINESSES YOU CAN TRUST like Bateman Jewellers

Trusted Saskatoon Team Brags about Liftech Concrete Leveling a Trusted Saskatoon Contractor

The Trusted Saskatoon Team is delighted to welcome our newest Trusted Saskatoon Contractor Liftech Concrete Leveling Inc to the Saskatoon Contractors, Exteriors & Roofing Category. Liftech Concrete Leveling is your go-to Trusted Saskatoon Contractor for lifting and leveling sunken and uneven concrete. Get to know all they do and meet the people behind the business in our latest Trusted Saskatoon article welcoming a new partner to our Saskatoon community of locally owned businesses operate with integrity! .

Meet Liftech Concrete Leveling Inc

Scott Loucks & Jim Loucks started Liftech Concrete Leveling Inc over 10 years ago and have an outstanding community reputation. Liftech was founded in Saskatoon, a family-owned & operated company proud to call Saskatchewan home! We are so fortunate that Saskatoon is home and have decided to apply to join our Trusted Saskatoon Community so can we spread the word about their exemplary customer service, and how they continuously go above and beyond to provide accurate, and honest concrete raising, repair, and waterproofing services!

Trusted Saskatoon Concrete Lifting and Leveling Experts


So, does your property have settling concrete, cracking or sinking slabs? They can be a real eyesore and often a sign of underlying issues with the soil. If you’re wondering why your sidewalk or driveway is becoming increasingly uneven, Liftech Concrete and leveling have your solutions! Their goal is to be known throughout Saskatchewan as THE concrete leveling experts 

“Is your sinking concrete dragging down the value of your property?? 
GIVE IT A LIFT... It's a fraction of the cost of replacement!"


With over 22 years of combined experience , Scott Loucks & his Father Jim Loucks have the ULTIMATE solution for you! They are passionate about going above and beyond to provide the most accurate, and honest customer service. Their main services include concrete raising, repair, deep foaming injection and fill foaming and waterproofing.

Liftech Concrete Leveling can be the solution to many commercial and residential property owners concrete problems. We repair concrete slabs such as sinking driveways and patios, uneven sidewalks, garage and warehouse floors for a fraction of the cost of replacing the concrete. and we keep tons of old concrete out of landfills annually by repairing, instead of replacing it.
At Liftech Concrete Leveling we strive to provide our customers with service that is second to none, while leading our industry by using the latest technology, equipment and techniques.- Scott Loucks- Liftech

What Did Their Customers Say?  


When we were speaking to LIftech's customers, which is an integralpart of the Unique Trusted Verification Process, we consistently heard amazing things. Read some of the real personal testimonials from their customers below, including another of our long term Trusted Saskatoon homebuilders Decora Homes  

 “ We have been happy with all the services we have gotten from them. There are never any surprises. They are our go-to company when we need their type of services." - Dustin G, Decora Homes       

 "I called this year regarding a past quote they had provided and they came out and reconfirmed the work that needs to be done. They gave me a date and Scott and his team came out and did a great job on our driveway. It was neat seeing how the foam jacking worked. Our driveway and sidewalks look fantastic (there is one spot where it couldn't be raised anymore but that is the fault of the binding concrete and not Liftechs') The best part is the holes they drilled are tiny compared to normal mudjacking. I would say they are dime-sized. Barely noticeable after they filled them. I would definitely recommend Liftech for your mudjacking/foamjacking needs! - Ryan D, Saskatoon
"We have known Scott & Jim for 8 years. They have always been great to deal with and there is never any panic. They are the easiest company to deal with. Their communication is almost too good." - Jon A, Saskatoon 


We encourage you to visit Liftech's Trusted Saskatoon listing to read more customer reviews, see their full range of services and to find out more on their website. Questions? Simply reach out to Scott, Jim and their team about your situation. They are here to help, and all of there climes shared that they are down to earth and beyond knowledgeable! Local experts you can trust!

Liftech Concrete Leveling Inc, Trusted Saskatoon Contractors Specializing in Lifting and Leveling Sunken and Uneven Concrete! 

Congratulations to J & S Picture Frame Warehouse Recognized as Trusted Saskatoon Framers For Over 10 Years


In this series of articles, we continue to shine a spotlight on the businesses that have been partners for over 10 years. This year we recognize the Trusted Saskatoon Partners that joined us in 2012. We want to thank them for TRUSTING our team, and we are identifying each of them individually for providing 10 years of OUTSTANDING service to the citizens of Saskatoon and the surrounding area! This latest article celebrates and recognizes Sherry, Sam and the talented team at J & S Picture Frame Warehouse.

“They Love What They Do….and it Shows!” 

J & S Picture Frame Warehouse is a well know business that has been serving Saskatoon & area since 1978. They used to be recognized as being located in the ‘ PINK BUILDING in Sutherland’. The J & S  team is friendly knowledgeable and passionate. They pride themselves on providing the best custom framing and specialty printing experience in Saskatoon.

They also have an art gallery and local art for sale in their location in Sutherland on Jessop Avenue. 

They have expertise in framing artwork, photos, needlework and all types of memorabilia, their professional local team can help you determine the best presentation and preservation for all your item and all the projects are completed in-house. The number of framing options offered is staggering, whatever style you are seeking we are confident J & S Picture Frame will have exactly what you are looking for.  

We are especially impressed with the restoration work they do on old pictures and artwork. 

Their printing department offers photo restoration and retouching services. Damage such as staining, yellowing, tears, scratches and folds are almost completely eliminated. They can also make changes such as altering the composition or contents of an image and adding creative effects or filters. See the images to the left for a few amazing examples of before and after. 

In 2014, J&S Picture Frame Warehouse received the Torch Award for Ethics and Integrity in Business... The Mission of J&S Picture Frame Warehouse is to always convey respect for the customer and to consistently deliver the best service experience.  The J & S Team understand that customer satisfaction comes from delivering timely, responsive service, with honesty, integrity, and a desire for excellence while meeting or exceeding their customer’s expectations. 

Trusted Sara and Sherry

“ I have known Sherry Morris and have been a customer at J & S Picture Frame Warehouse since 2010. I have engaged her talented team for help with multiple framing projects over that time and I have always trusted their design advice. Until working with Sherry I had no idea of the number of options available when you decide to professionally frame photos, pictures and other items - without experts by your side it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I have always been thrilled with the results and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their services.  

The picture of the bike above is just one of the pieces J & S has framed for Sara. 

On a personal note, Sherry Morris is a fascinating woman and an amazing entrepreneur. J & S has been in business for nearly 45 years,  and over that time she has grown and evolved the company whilst always remaining relevant. Anyone who knows Sherry will be aware of her passion for World travel - the list of exotic places she has visited is impressive- from Mongolia to Peru, and although she is in her 70’s there is no sign of her slowing down anytime soon! If I had to sum Sherry up in 3 words I’d say she is  FUN, HONEST and AUTHENTIC. I am grateful to be able to spend time with her, promote her work and support  J & S’s business goals!”  - Sara Wheelwright - Trusted Founder.     
The Trusted Saskatoon team guarantees when you choose J & S Picture Frame Warehouse as your Saskatoon picture framing store for family, commercial or specialized framing or restoration, you will receive an amazing end product at a fair price from a local family-owned business that cares!

Thank you for TRUSTING us Sherry, and thank you for providing 10 years of AMAZING service to the people of Saskatoon. J & S Picture Frame Warehouse continues to be a well-respected and valued company that is evolving and providing outstanding service to Saskatoon,  and they have always upheld our 5 TRUSTED GUARANTEES of service.

J & S Picture Frame Warehouse  - Your Trusted Saskatoon Picture Framers for over 10 years

When the Trusted Saskatoon team gives a business the 'Thumbs Up' it really means something!! So continue to use and recommend to FIND GREAT LOCAL BUSINESSES YOU CAN TRUST like J & S Picture Frame Warehouse. 


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