Celebrate a Life Well Lived
For thousands of years, people have been holding funeral services to formally say goodbye. A funeral fills several purposes. It is a tribute to honour a special life - an opportunity to celebrate the experiences, accomplishments, hobbies, heritage and history of a unique and irreplaceable personality.
For many, a meaningful service is an important part of the healing process. It also helps console the immediate family, the people who often feel the loss most deeply. A funeral service can be 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, there is a visitation period before the service for friends and family to express their love, support, and concern. We offer quiet visitation rooms that provide a peaceful atmosphere for your visitation period.
Planning a Service and Reception
Sands Funeral Chapel Duncan features a large chapel with full digital sound and video capabilities. 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.
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 includeA 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
A warm and welcoming reception after the funeral provides a place for friends and family to gather and talk over a meal or refreshments. We offer a large reception room, with room for 80 guests, and sliding doors that open onto a bright and airy patio.
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
AfterCare is an important free service offered by Valley View Funeral Home & Cemetery to assist you with practical guidance, literature and emotional support anytime it’s needed. If you are responsible for finalizing the estate, you may be surprised by the number of details requiring your attention. Our AfterCare professionals can help you in your duties.
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.
You also receive exclusive benefits when planning ahead, including funeral coverage for children and grandchildren under the age of 19, and the ability to transfer your service to any of our locations across Canada. Find out more about pre-planning 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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