Celebrate a Life Well Lived
For over a millennia, funeral services have let friends and family say goodbye to a loved one. A funeral commemorates a one of a kind, irreplaceable person, and helps console those who have felt the loss most deeply. There are many options when it comes to a funeral service, and it can be part of your final arrangements whether burial or cremation is chosen.
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. We offer access to quiet visitation rooms that provide a peaceful atmosphere for your visitation period.
Planning a Service and Reception
If you want a clergy-led service, Leyden’s Funeral Home – Calgary boasts a newly renovated chapel with seating for 200, video tributes viewed on a large screen, a music system and Allan organ. 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.
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 funeral, a reception is a time for family and friends to reflect, laugh, and cry together over refreshments or a meal. We offer a lounge for small gatherings, and a large reception room with full kitchen facilities, plus ample parking for all your guests.
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
Leyden’s Funeral Home - Calgary 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.
Taking the time to plan ahead gives you the opportunity to tell your story in a way that suits you, and allows you to feel good about not leaving an emotional or financial burden for your family during a time of mourning.
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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