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
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
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.
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.
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.