Preparing for the Arrangement Conference
We recognize that making funeral arrangements for a loved one is one of life's most difficult tasks. With that in mind, our goal is simple - we're here to help you plan a suitable tribute that is meaningful to you and your family; a funeral should be just what you need it to be. Once you've considered your options and made your choices it's our job to carry out your wishes, professionally and compassionately, relieving you of any further organizational burden and freeing you to deal with your loss with the support of family and community.
Based on our many years' experience, we've prepared the following list of suggestions you may want to review as you prepare to make funeral arrangements. Most of these are questions we will address during arrangements and the process may be easier for you if you are able to anticipate them.
- Did your loved one leave any special instructions with regard to their funeral arrangements?
- Would you prefer services at your Church or in the funeral home chapel?
- Is there a particular member of clergy or other celebrant who you would like to lead services?
- Do you wish to participate in any special way in the church liturgy or other ritual? For example readings by family or friends, a special eulogy or musical selections?
- What will your loved one wear (you can bring a favourite dress or suit to the arrangement)? Also think about any jewelry you may want us to put on and decide if it is to remain with them or be returned before burial or cremation. Hairstyle is important so a recent photograph is always helpful.
- Have you identified a special charity or church fund to receive donations in memory of your loved one? Other options might include starting a scholarship in their memory.
- Would the family benefit from a quieter, private viewing time - perhaps a chance to introduce the funeral process to young children?
- Did they belong to any service clubs, fraternal organizations, the Legion? If so, those groups may wish to conduct a memorial ceremony. We will gladly coordinate this with the group on your behalf.
- Do you want your loved one buried with a special memento such as a photograph, a gift from a family member, any item which was especially beloved?
- Would you like family members or friends to serve as pallbearers?
- After services are complete there are often floral arrangements not suitable to go to the cemetery. Does the family wish to keep any or to have them donated to a church or other facility?
- You may be eligible for Canada Pension or Veteran's benefits. If you believe so we can help you request the support.