Funeral Home in Saint John
Personalized funeral and celebration of life services
A funeral or celebration of life event fills several purposes. It is a tribute to honour a special life - an opportunity to celebrate the experiences, accomplishments, hobbies, heritage and history of a unique and irreplaceable personality. For many, a meaningful service is an important part of the healing process. It also helps console the immediate family, the people who often feel the loss most deeply. A funeral service can be part of your final arrangements, whether burial or cremation is chosen.
Say More Than Just Goodbye
For some families, a traditional funeral may provide the most comfort. However, we invite you to be as original as you want. Our specialists will work creatively and resourcefully to ensure your memorial is custom tailored to your needs. We offer serene visitation rooms where you can receive friends and family in a soothing environment. Traditionally this is done before the funeral service, giving others a chance to offer one-on-one condolences, love and support.
Planning a Service and Reception
If you want a clergy-led service, Castle Funeral Home – Fallsview Chapel offers a beautiful chapel for your service. But don’t feel confined to the traditional service, as there are nearly endless opportunities to honour your loved one in a unique way. For example, someone who spent a lifetime baking delicious treats can be remembered with a taste of his famous brownies, or for the avid reader, friends and family can take home a copy of her favourite book. The possibilities are endless, and we are here to discuss your ideas.
When planning the funeral, this checklist can help you personalize the service:
- Specific pastimes and characteristics you wish to honour
- Special stories and memories to share
- Significant people to invite
- A leader for the ceremony
- People who may want to speak at the ceremony
- A soundtrack for the ceremony and other events, such as the reception
- Quotes or poems to read during the ceremony
After the funeral, a reception is a time for family and friends to reflect, laugh, and cry together over refreshments or a meal. We feature a lounge for intimate gatherings, a larger reception room, catering services and ample parking.
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
Castle Funeral Home – Fallsview Chapel 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.
We understand it can be difficult to make important decisions during a time of mourning. Pre-planning allows you to be certain your life will be commemorated as you see fit, while having the peace of mind of knowing your family won’t be left struggling financially during their grief.
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.
The Benefits of Planning Ahead
- Savings: Planning early offers cost savings of up to thousands of dollars.
- Reduce the burden on your family: Planning your final arrangements ahead of time reduces the responsibilities on your family at their time of distress.
- Peace of mind: Gain comfort in knowing your plans are ready.
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.