Celebrate a Life Well Lived
For thousands of years, people have been holding funeral services to formally say goodbye. A funeral 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
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.
Traditionally, there is a visitation period before the service for friends and family to express their love, support, and concern. We offer access to quiet visitation rooms that provide a peaceful atmosphere for your visitation period.
Planning a Service and Reception
Desjardins Funeral Home features a modern chapel that seats 200. But don’t feel you are required to have a traditional, clergy-led function. There are endless ways to pay homage to your loved one in a style that reflects their passions. We can offer services that cater to the traveller, the reader, the sports fan, the crafter, the volunteer, and so many more. Send guests home with mementos that remind them of their loved one, or serve a personalized menu of favourite recipes and foods.
Here are some things that can help make sure the service is personalized:
- Special interests, hobbies and characteristics you want to honour
- Reminiscences to share
- Close friends and relatives to invite
- A spiritual leader to conduct the service
- Those who may want to share a memory at the service
- Favourite music to play at the ceremony and/or visitation
- Favourite authors to read at the ceremony
After the funeral, you may want to host a reception for family and friends to gather for a meal or refreshments. Our lounge for intimate gatherings, and large reception room with full kitchen facilities, provide welcoming places to reminisce, share tears and even a few laughs. Ample parking adds to the convenience for your guests.
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
AfterCare is an important free service offered by Desjardins Funeral Home to assist you with practical guidance, literature and emotional support anytime it’s needed. If you are responsible for finalizing the estate, you may be surprised by the number of details requiring your attention. Our AfterCare professionals can help you in your duties.
Take the time today to begin pre-planning and save your family the stress, as well as the financial burden, of making decisions about a funeral or memorial during a time of grief. Pre-planning allows you to ensure your values and life are honoured as you see fit. You can relax knowing your family won’t be left struggling.
When you plan ahead, you also receive valuable benefits, including the ability to transfer your plan to any of our locations within Canada, and funeral coverage for your children or grandchildren under age 19. 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.
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