Designing Your Funeral
There are two facets of the design process. First, we ask you to consider how you wish to honour and celebrate the life. When those important decisions are made, we’ll turn to the issue of how you wish to care for the physical remains.
How to Honour a Life
It’s about bringing those you love together, at a time of loss. It’s a natural thing to do, and over time, has become a socially-expected practice. More importantly, a funeral or memorial service, whether traditional, or contemporary, is the first step in healing.
You can have your service anywhere, and any way, you want. Your choices include the place of celebration, day of the week, and time of day; the musical selection, what prayers will be said or songs you’d like sung. We can arrange to have doves, or balloons released at the close of the service. Keepsake gifts of wildflower seeds or a tree seedling can be given. We’re here to help you create the most memorable and meaningful service to honour your loved one.
Remember This: Whether you request a funeral with a casket or cremation, visitation or no visitation, a memorial service, a graveside service or simply a gathering of friends at our George Brockie Fellowship Centre, it is still a Funeral Service. The objective and purpose is still the same: To recognize that a life has been lived, to provide an environment to express our loss and grief, to allow our family and friends to remember and honour the life that was lived, while having the support of others.
Please visit: www.meaningfulfunerals.com to learn more about the significance and benefits of the Funeral Service.
Burial or Cremation?
Your next consideration focuses on choosing between burial and cremation. Usually, people are clear on this point. In fact, your loved one may have told you, or someone else, exactly how they wish to be cared for. But it can be a hard decision for some families, especially when the wishes of the deceased were never clearly stated. If that's the case, please know we're able to help you come to the perfect decision for your loved one, and for you.
Once you decide, the finer details come into focus. If you've chosen burial, then selection of the casket, vault, and desired cemetery follows. Naturally, we’re here to help you.
If cremation is your choice, then you'll need to make the next decision: whether the cremated remains will be placed in a columbarium niche, or buried on the cemetery grounds.
There are also options for a more environmentally-friendly service. If that is what your loved one would have preferred, we'd be pleased to review your options.
Now that we've given you the basics, it's time to reflect more on exactly what is appropriate for you and your family. If possible, gather everyone together to speak of their feelings and desires.
Still looking for inspiration? Speaking with a professional funeral planner will help to clarify your thinking. Reach us at (204) 727-0694.