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.
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 quiet visitation areas where you can receive guests in a soothing, peaceful environment.
Planning a Service and Reception
At Melady Funeral Home, our beautiful chapel has seating for 100 family and friends. However, you don’t have to plan a traditional service led by a clergyperson. Go beyond the hymns and homilies to really celebrate a life. Play their favourite rock and roll; show-off their collection of travel photos. We’re here to help you create a memorable send-off.
Here are some things to think about which will help tailor the funeral to the person being celebrated:
- Specific interests or qualities about the deceased that you feel are important to remember
- Anecdotes and stories
- People you want to be sure to include
- Clergy or appropriate speaker to lead the service
- People who may also want to speak at the service
- Songs and music to be played at the service and other events (visitation, reception)
- Poems, passages and other readings for the service
After the funeral, you may want to host a reception for family and friends to gather for a meal or refreshments. Our reception room, with full kitchen facilities, provides a welcoming place to reminisce, share tears and even a few laughs.
Available free of charge, our exclusive online memorial site Sharing Memories provides the unique opportunity to honour your loved one with a personal tribute of words, pictures, video and more. Unlike traditional forms of memorial, your loved one's on-line profile can stay current and accessible always, from anywhere.
Helping You Cope with Grief
Melady Funeral Home is happy to offer free AfterCare. This important service helps you once the arrangements are over, with guidance and support whenever you need it. And, if you have been named as executor, our AfterCare specialists can help you with these often complex tasks.
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.
Plus, when you plan ahead you will receive many benefits, from the ability to transfer your arrangements to any Arbor Memorial location in Canada, to free funeral services for children and grandchildren under 19. Learn more about the benefits of pre-planning with Melady Funeral Home.
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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