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
Choosing how to remember your loved one is a unique process, and our planning professionals can help you create a one-of-a-kind funeral service. Whether you choose a traditional style, or want to honour them in a more creative and contemporary way, we can help.
Often, a visitation period proceeds the service. Receiving family and friends through a visitation provides support, and allows others to express their love and concern for you. Our quiet visitation rooms provide a soothing atmosphere for attendees.
Planning a Service and Reception
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
While Oakridge Memory Gardens will work closely with any funeral home you choose, we suggest you consider our sister Arbor Memorial funeral home: Atlantic Funeral Home - Sackville Chapel.
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
We understand the importance of support, and offer free AfterCare service to ensure you receive guidance and emotional counselling anytime you need it. Our AfterCare professionals can also offer help with finalizing the estate.
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, and funeral coverage for your children or grandchildren under age 19. 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.
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.