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
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 beautiful, spacious visitation rooms where you can receive guests in a soothing, peaceful environment.
Planning a Service and Reception
Glenwood Funeral Home & Cemetery features chapel seating for 175, with an extensive and personalized music system, plus a piano and organ in the chapel. But you don’t have to plan a conventional, clergy-led service. Today, the opportunity to honour your loved one reaches far beyond the classic readings and a eulogy. Whether it’s showcasing dad’s prized motorcycle collection or serving cookies baked from grandmother’s famous recipe, discuss your ideas with us. The possibilities are endless.
To help customize the service, here are some things to think about:
- Specific traits or enthusiasms to honour
- Anecdotes to share
- Friends and relatives to include
- A leader for the service
- Anyone else who may want to share a story
- A list of music to play at the visitation, reception and service
- Ceremonial readings, such as poems or biblical quotes
After the service, it can be comforting to host a reception where family and friends join together over a meal. We offer a lounge for small gatherings, and a reception room with full kitchen and patio, as private places to gather and remember.
Sharing Memories is our exclusive memorial site, available free of charge. It offers friends and family from around the world the chance to honour their loved one with photos, messages, quotes, and more. Your loved one’s profile will be accessible always, meaning you can visit and reminisce anytime and anywhere.
Helping You Cope with Grief
Glenwood Funeral Home & Cemetery is pleased to offer free AfterCare support services. We are available to help you cope with your grief, offer guidance and advice, and assist you with complicated matters after the funeral, such as 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.
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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