Frequent Questions

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The funeral is a ceremony of proven worth and value for those who mourn. It provides an opportunity for the survivors and others who share in the loss to express their love, respect and grief. It permits facing openly and realistically the crisis that death may present. Through the funeral, the bereaved take that first step towards emotional adjustment to their loss.

Only you can answer that question. The type of service conducted for the deceased, if not noted in a pre-arrangement plan, is decided by the family. The service is usually held at a place of worship or at the funeral home. However the service may vary in ritual according to religious denomination or the wishes of the family. The presence of friends at this time is an acknowledgment of friendship and support. A private service is by invitation only where selected relatives and a few close friends attend the funeral service. A memorial service is usually a service without the body present and can vary in ceremony and procedures according to the family's community and religious affiliations.

Absolutely, in fact, we recommend it. After all, the funeral is a celebration of life. Funeral directors are happy to discuss all options and ensure your funeral is tailored to your wishes. It may be personalized in many unique ways. Contact us at (204) 857-4021 to explore the possibilities.

There are many reasons to view the deceased. It is part of many cultural and ethnic traditions, and many grief specialists believe that viewing aids the grief process, by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death. Viewing is also encouraged for children, as long as it is their desire to do so, and the process is explained well.  

It is helpful to friends and the community to have an obituary notice published announcing the death and type of service to be held. A notice can be placed in a local newspaper, or any other newspaper publication if needed.  Our funeral home can provide you with an obituary guideline to help with this process.  Any and all information to be included in the obituary should be verified with another family member.  You may wish to consider placing a photograph.  If you decide to place an obituary in a newspaper the funeral home will assist you with along with checking with the deadlines for publications.

Funeral directors are both caregivers and administrators. In their administrative duties, they make the arrangements for transportation of the body, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the body. As caregivers, funeral directors are listeners, advisors and supporters. They have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with death. Funeral directors are trained to answer questions about grief, recognize when a person is having difficulty coping, and recommend sources of professional help. Funeral directors also link survivors with support groups at the funeral home or in the community.

We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All you need to do is place a call to us at (204) 857-4021. If you request immediate assistance, one of our professionals will be there as soon as possible.  If the family wishes to spend a short time with the deceased to say good bye, that is perfectly understandable and we will come when your time is right.  then, we will touch base to set-up an arrangement meeting to go over your funeral arrangements.

We can assist you if a death occurs anywhere. Contact us immediately, and we will assume responsibility and coordinate the arrangements for bringing your loved one home into our care.  

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, retards the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance of the body.  It makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them. Embalming the body enables mourners to view the deceased if they wish. The emotional benefits of viewing the deceased are enormous, particularly to those having difficulty dealing with the death.

No, cremation is an alternative to earth burial for the body's final disposition and can follow a traditional funeral service. 

Yes. Cremation does not preclude having a visitation period and a funeral service. Cremation is simply one option for final disposition of the body.

In some respects, funerals are a lot like weddings or birthday celebrations. The type and cost will vary according to the tastes and budget of the consumer. Not only that, a funeral home is a 24-hour, labor-intensive business, with extensive facilities and equipment (viewing rooms, chapels, limousines, hearses, etc.), these expenses must be factored into the cost of a funeral. Moreover, the cost of a funeral includes not only merchandise, like caskets, but the services of a funeral director in making arrangements; filing appropriate forms; dealing with doctors, ministers, florists, newspapers and others; and seeing to all the necessary details. 


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