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. We offer quiet visitation areas where you can receive guests in a soothing, peaceful environment.
Planning a Service and Reception
Nicholls Funeral Home features a beautifully appointed chapel that seats 230. 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 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
Once the service is over, a reception or meal offers a time for family and friends to socialize and remember. Our lovely reception room, with full kitchen and catering facilities, provides the perfect setting for your event.
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
Once the service is over, the real healing begins. We are here to help you, with free AfterCare services, whether it’s a referral to a support group, or just a friendly voice at the end of the phone. We also offer practical advice, including helping with your duties if you have been named the executor of the estate.
It can be difficult for those you leave behind to plan your funeral, with many choices to be made and expenses that can add up. Why not make it easy for them by pre-planning your own arrangements. Not only will you be able to design the service that you want, you will save money by paying in today’s dollars, while easing the strain on your family at a time of grief.
Planning ahead also give you access to valuable benefits, including funeral coverage for family members under 19, and being able to transfer your funeral plans to any of our locations within Canada so you never have to worry if you move or retire to a new city. Take a moment to learn more about pre-planning your funeral and cemetery 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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