For generations, a funeral has been a way for family and friends to gather and celebrate the life of a loved one, to honour their accomplishments, and to start the journey towards healing. A funeral is a fundamental 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.
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.
As you personalize the funeral, some things to consider include:
- Attributes or passions of the person who died that you want to be sure to honour
- Memories to share
- Important people to include
- Person to lead the ceremony
- Others who might want to speak or share memories
- Music ideas for the visitation and ceremony
- Readings for the ceremony
After the funeral, a reception is a time for family and friends to reflect, laugh, and cry together over refreshments or a meal.
While Sunset Memorial Gardens will work closely with any funeral home you choose, we suggest you consider our sister Arbor Memorial funeral home, Jenkens Funeral Home.
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
Sunset Memorial Gardens provides free AfterCare service to help support you through your grief. Our AfterCare experts can also help when dealing with important – and sometimes confusing – matters after the funeral, such as finalizing the estate.
We understand it can be difficult to make important decisions during a time of mourning. Pre-planning allows you to be certain your life will be commemorated as you see fit, while having the peace of mind of knowing your family won’t be left struggling financially during their grief.
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.
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.