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
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.
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
After the service, a reception allows family and friends to gather and reminisce over a meal or refreshments. With two large reception rooms with full kitchens that open into a patio, we can provide the perfect setting.
While Pine Ridge will work closely with any funeral home you choose, we suggest you consider our sister Arbor Memorial funeral homes: McEachnie and Mount Lawn.
Thanks to the Internet, being able to honour your loved one from anywhere has become easier. Our exclusive online memorial site, Sharing Memories, is available free of charge. It’s a wonderful place to share photos, messages or videos about your loved one. The profile will always be accessible, letting friends and family visit and reminisce whenever they like.
Helping You Cope With Grief
Moving forward after a loss can be difficult. Our free AfterCare service is here for you with guidance, literature, and support when it’s needed. We can also help with executor duties, such as finalizing the details of 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, 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.
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