Celebrate a Life Well Lived
For generations, a funeral has been a way for family and friends to gather and celebrate the life of a loved one, to honour their accomplishments, and to start the journey towards healing. A funeral is a fundamental part of your final arrangements, whether burial or cremation is chosen.
Say More Than Just Goodbye
Traditional or contemporary, the funeral service can be tailored to your faith, taste and budget. Whether planning for yourself or a loved one, our professionals will help you design a memorial service as unique as the person being honoured.
Traditionally, a visitation period occurs before the funeral service; this gives friends and family a chance to provide condolences, support, and love during a difficult time. We offer quiet visitation areas where you can receive guests in a soothing, peaceful environment.
Planning a Service and Reception
At Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home - Central Chapel we have a beautiful chapel to host your funeral service. Don’t feel obliged to have a traditional clergy-led service; there are a variety of ways to honour your loved one and the exceptional life they lived. Bring their unique passions to the forefront – from talented artist to tireless world traveller, we can offer services to pay homage to their life.
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
After the funeral, you may want to host a reception for family and friends to gather for a meal or refreshments. Our large reception room, with full kitchen facilities, provides a welcoming place to reminisce, share tears and even a few laughs.
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 Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home - Central Chapel 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.
Planning a funeral for a loved one requires you to make many decisions and choices during a time of grief. You can spare your family from the stress – and financial burden – by pre-planning your own funeral. Planning in advance lets you tell your final story in your own unique way. It feels good to know it’s all taken care of.
You also receive exclusive benefits when planning ahead, including funeral coverage for children and grandchildren under the age of 19, and the ability to transfer your service to any of our locations across Canada. Find out more about pre-planning 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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