Celebrate a Life Well Lived
Throughout history, funeral services have played an important role in helping us say goodbye and ease the grieving process. Friend and family gather to pay their final respects, honouring and celebrating an individual life -- a unique and irreplaceable person. As family and friends gather at the service, they can support each other as they mourn their shared loss. A meaningful service is a fitting tribute no matter if burial or cremation is selected.
Say More Than Just Goodbye
A funeral service, whether for yourself or a loved one, can be as traditional or contemporary as you desire. No matter how unique the request, our planning professionals creatively and resourcefully provide a one-of-a-kind remembrance.
A scheduled time for visitations often proceeds the service. This custom allows friends and family a time to comfort and support each other. Our calming visitation rooms provide a private place for quiet gatherings.
Planning a Service and Reception
At Burke Funeral Home, our beautiful chapel has seating for 300 family and friends. However, you don’t have to plan a traditional service led by a clergyperson. Go beyond the hymns and homilies to really celebrate a life. Play their favourite rock and roll; show-off their collection of travel photos. We’re here to help you create a memorable send-off.
As you personalize the funeral, some things to consider include:
- Attributes or passions of the person who died that you want to be sure to honour
- Memories to share
- Important people to include
- Person to lead the ceremony
- Others who might want to speak or share memories
- Music ideas for the visitation and ceremony
- Readings for the ceremony
Once the service is over, a reception or meal offers a time for family and friends to socialize and remember. Our lovely reception room, with full kitchen and catering facilities, provides the perfect setting for your event.
Available free of charge, our exclusive online memorial site Sharing Memories provides the unique opportunity to honour your loved one with a personal tribute of words, pictures, video and more. Unlike traditional forms of memorial, your loved one's on-line profile can stay current and accessible always, from anywhere.
Helping You Cope with Grief
Burke Funeral Home provides free AfterCare service to help support you through your grief. Our AfterCare experts can also help when dealing with important – and sometimes confusing – matters after the funeral, such as finalizing the estate. Planning Ahead
It can be stressful – and expensive – for your loved ones to make cemetery and funeral arrangements during a time of grief. Pre-planning allows you to present your own story your way, while easing the burden on your family.
When you plan ahead, you also receive valuable benefits, including the ability to transfer your plan to any of our locations within Canada. Learn more about pre-planning your final arrangements.
Choosing Your Funeral Service
When you plan ahead, your funeral service can be as elaborate or as elegantly simple as you wish. You’ll want to work with a facility that can offer a wide range of options, from a traditional church ceremony to a memorial celebration. Find out more about choosing the service that’s right for you in this informative video.