Service Options

At McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel we are 100% committed to service. We offer numerous types of services and merchandise. In our best effort to provide the most thoughtful service at the most affordable cost, we have itemized the many options we offer. We do realize that each and every service may have special requests, desires and wishes.

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Celebration of Life / Funeral Service / Memorial Service

No one can tell what is the best way for you to honor the life of your loved one. Here at McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel we are dedicated to assisting you with arranging the type of service that you feel will best help you to honor the life of your loved one. As we have our own cemetery and crematorium right here in Portage la Prairie arrangements can be made in commitment to your schedule, we also work with all the other municipal and country cemeteries. Our knowledgeable, professional and caring staff is available to assist you from the initial meeting with family.

Funeral Service

At McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel we offer a Funeral Service. This is a funeral service with the deceased present, and may include an open/closed casket or urn, with viewing the night before, or prior to the beginning of the service if casket is present. The visitation usually takes place at the funeral home; with the funeral service taking place at a church, funeral home or any other facility you may seem fitting. The burial usually takes place the same day following the services. Instead of burial, the deceased may be cremated following the services and the burial may also take place at a later date.

Graveside Funeral Service

At McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel we offer a Graveside Funeral Service. This is a funeral service with the deceased present in a casket or urn. There may be a viewing prior to the Graveside Service at the funeral home; it can be public or private.

Memorial Service

At McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel we offer a Memorial Service. This is a memorial service with the deceased not present, with the funeral service taking place in a church, funeral home or any other facility you may seem fitting. The burial may take place prior to the memorial service or at a later date. There may be a viewing prior to the memorial service at the funeral home; it can be public or private.

Direct Cremation

At McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel we offer a Direct Cremation. This service option is the simplest with regard to final disposition of the remains being cremated. In this case, the director will oversee the cremation of the remains and the return of the cremains to the family. Additional services can still be available if the family chooses such as a viewing prior to the cremation, private burial or scattering of the cremains. As we have our own crematorium right here in Portage la Prairie we can meet all your expectations.

Personalization

At McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel we are 100% committed to service. We realize that it is always the family's choice as to the type of service they choose. It's our goal to assist the family in awareness of the options and to carry out the wishes of each family we serve to the best of our ability.

Below are some of the additional services we provide. Every arrangement is unique, so please feel free to contact any of our staff to discuss your options in more detail.

"Funerals are most meaningful when they are personalized tributes to the unique life and relationships of the person who has died"

-well known Grief Educator Dr. Alan Wolfelt

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Music ~ Traditional hymns? Classical Music? Soloist? Pianist? Bagpiper? CDs? We are happy to accommodate all requests. You are welcome to supply your own music and/or musician or we will arrange all of the details for you.

Sharing Memories/Eulogies/Poem ~ Having a friend or family member prepare and present a personal tribute can add significant meaning to a service.

Memory Table ~ A memory table can be used to display meaningful items such as handiwork, golf clubs, a musical instrument, knitting needles, awards or certificates, motorcycle jacket, fishing pole... A personalized display can help stir positive memories of the life lived and promote the sharing of stories.

Picture Boards ~ Families are welcome to make picture collages to display within the funeral home during the visitation, service, and reception. We provide the framed boards as well as proper easels for display. Gathering and creating collages helps recall a whole lifetime of memories.

Flowers ~ Families may select a casket spray, urn arrangement or flowers to be laid of the gravesite. These arrangements can be selected to remember your loved one by the color or type of flowers and even wheat or reeds. A personal item can even be place within the arrangement to personalize it.

DVD Video Tribute ~ We offer our families the option of having a DVD made which may be shown during visitation , service and/or reception. Copies are given to the family and provide an invaluable keepsake.

On-Line Death Notices ~ A service to the families we serve, death notices, including a photo if desired, are posted on our website.

On-Line Guest Book ~ Visitors to our website are able to sign the on-line Guest Book by leaving a message of condolence for the family who has lost a loved one.

Casket Options ~ We offer a large selection of caskets that are moderately priced, including wood, steel, cloth covered and environmental friendly caskets. We have the ability to bring in many other caskets if the family has a need for a certain one/style they would like. Personalization through interchangeable corners and panels can add to the personalization of the visitation and/or service.

Urn Options ~ We offer a large selection, including single urns, companion urns, keepsake urns, biodegradeable urns, and urns designed for water or ground scattering. Personalization through engraving names, dates as well as various images onto an urn can add to the personalization of the visitation and/or service.

Stationery Options ~ We provide a full line of stationery items including service folders, register books, bookmarks/memory cards, prayer cards, and thank you cards. We involve families to personalize with text as well as photos or images that may be meaningful.

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