Celebrate a Life Well Lived
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
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.
A visitation often precedes the service. Our quiet visitation rooms allow family and friends to pay their final respects in peaceful and serene surroundings.
Planning a Service and Reception
Highland Funeral Home – Markham Chapel features a two beautifully appointed chapels that seats 300. 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.
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 service, it can be comforting to host a reception where family and friends join together over a meal. We offer a comfortable reception room with full kitchen and catering facilities, as a private place to gather and remember.
We proudly offer, free of charge, our exclusive memorial site Sharing Memories. This is a unique and long lasting way to pay tribute to your loved one with videos, pictures, quotes and more. These online profiles stay current, and are easily accessible to those who may not be able to attend the service, or who want to take a moment to reminisce after the fact.
Helping You Cope with Grief
Highland Funeral Home – Markham Chapel 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.
We understand it can be difficult to make important decisions during a time of mourning. Pre-planning allows you to be certain your life will be commemorated as you see fit, while having the peace of mind of knowing your family won’t be left struggling financially during their grief.
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.
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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