A funeral is a timeless tradition that has given families a chance to say goodbye for thousands of years. It is a place where a special life can be honoured, their values and accomplishments can be celebrated, and a place where family can begin to heal. There is so much more a funeral provides than simply a eulogy and biblical quotes; it is a way to commemorate a life and all those it touched.
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.
Traditionally, there is a visitation period before the service for friends and family to express their love, support, and concern.
Planning a Service and Reception
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.
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 service, a reception allows family and friends to gather and reminisce over a meal or refreshments. While Glenview Memorial Gardens will work closely with any funeral home you choose, we suggest you consider our sister Arbor Memorial funeral homes: Scott Funeral Homes - Brampton, West Toronto, and Woodbridge; McDougall & Brown Funeral Home - Eglinton Chapel, and Lynett Funeral Home.
Available free of charge, our exclusive online memorial site, Sharing Memories, features photos, videos a guestbook and more. It gives family and friends a place to remember and pay tribute, no matter where they live.
Helping You Cope with Grief
We understand the importance of support, and offer free AfterCare service to ensure you receive guidance and emotional counselling anytime you need it. Our AfterCare professionals can also offer help with finalizing the estate.
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.
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.
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.