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
We invite you to plan a service that’s as traditional or contemporary as you want. We welcome unique requests to honour the memory of your loved one and our planning specialists will work creatively to ensure your memorial is a one-of-a-kind tribute.
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.
Planning a Service and Reception
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
A warm and welcoming reception after the funeral provides a place for friends and family to gather and talk over a meal or refreshments.
While Hatley Memorial Gardens will work closely with any funeral home you choose, we suggest you consider our sister Arbor Memorial funeral home: Sands Funeral Home Colwood and Sands Funeral Chapel Victoria.
Helping You Cope with Grief
AfterCare is an important free service offered by Valley View Funeral Home & Cemetery 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.
It can be stressful – and expensive – for your loved ones to make cemetery and funeral arrangements during a time of grief. Pre-planning allows you to present your own story your way, while easing the burden on your family.
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.