I came across this fascinating, if a bit morbid, infographic today. Essentially, it strips funeral, cremation and other burial services down to their basic costs. I think what I found most interesting was the extreme rise in funeral costs from an average of $709 in 1960 to $6,560 in 2009 (all figures in USD but likely can be generalized to Canada).
There is a lot of very interesting stuff in there, and I would highly recommend taking a look through it. From unusual ways to be buried (turned into fireworks?) to some very relevant tips on having proper documents in place, it’s a very informative read on the state of the funeral industry in North America.