Celebrate a Life Well Lived
There are many functions that a funeral fulfills: it honours a unique life; it gives friends and family a chance to say goodbye, and it provides a place where the healing process can begin. For thousands of years, the funeral has played an important role in providing consolation during a time of loss and mourning.
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 a quiet visitation room where you can receive guests in a soothing, peaceful environment.
Planning a Service and Reception
Sands Funeral Chapel Victoria features a large chapel to with seating for over 130 people, featuring a digital sound, video and closed circuit television system. Don’t feel obliged to have a traditional clergy-led service; there are a variety of ways to honour your loved one and the exceptional life they lived. Bring their unique passions to the forefront – from talented artist to tireless world traveller, we can offer services to pay homage to their life.
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 a large reception room and ample parking, we can provide the perfect setting.
Available free of charge, our exclusive online memorial site, Sharing Memories, features photos, videos a guestbook and more. It gives family and friends a place to remember and pay tribute, no matter where they live.
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.
We also offer exclusive pre-planning benefits, such as funeral coverage for children and grandchildren under 19, and being able to transfer your funeral plans to any of our locations across Canada. 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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