Celebrate a Life Well Lived
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
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.
A visitation often precedes the service. Our quiet visitation rooms allow family and friends to pay their final respects in peaceful and serene surroundings.
Planning a Service and Reception
South Side Memorial Chapel features a spacious chapel with seating for 200. 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
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 reception room, with catering services, and ample parking to accommodate your guests.
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
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.
Planning a funeral for a loved one requires you to make many decisions and choices during a time of grief. You can spare your family from the stress – and financial burden – by pre-planning your own funeral. Planning in advance lets you tell your final story in your own unique way. It feels good to know it’s all taken care of.
When you plan ahead, you also receive valuable benefits, including the ability to transfer your plan to any of our locations within Canada. Learn more about pre-planning your 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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