Frequent Questions

 

Which will I choose and why?

BURIAL, CREMATION OR ENTOMBMENT

How the body will be cared for after a death is an important decision. Most people believe the body should be "laid to rest" with respect and dignity. The choice between burial, cremation and  entombment is a personal one. It is often based on family and ethnic traditions. Discuss your wishes with your family.

 

Many funerals in North America conclude with earth burial. Some people choose cremation or entombment. Cremation and entombment are not intended to replace the funeral; instead they are simply alternatives to earth burial.

 

Burial, cremation and entombment - whichever you choose, remember that a ceremony can be critical to your family's healing.

Why do we have funerals?

For thousands of years, funerals have been a means of expressing our beliefs, thoughts and feelings about the death of someone we love.

 

THE FUNERAL CEREMONY:

  • Helps us acknowledge that someone we love has died.

  • Allows us to say goodbye.

  • Provides a social support system for us and other friends and family members.

  • Allows us to search for the meaning of life and death.

  • Offers continuity and hope for the living.

  • Meaningful funeral ceremonies are rites of passage. They help us to move from life before the death to life after death.

  • The funeral provides a safe place to express our feelings of loss.

The value of the funerals
  • Acknowledges that a life has been lived.

  • Allows people to remember and honor their loved one in a special way.

  • Serves as central gathering place for family and friends to give emotional and physical support to one another.

  • Provides the final closure for the bereaved.

  • Initiates the grieving process.

  • Confirms the reality and finality of death.

  • Encourages mourners to face the pain of their loss and express their thoughts and feelings.

  • Helps survivors to better cope with their grief and enables them to move forward with their lives.

Why do we have funerals?

For thousands of years, funerals have been a means of expressing our beliefs, thoughts and feelings about the death of someone we love.

 

THE FUNERAL CEREMONY:

  • Helps us acknowledge that someone we love has died.

  • Allows us to say goodbye.

  • Provides a social support system for us and other friends and family members.

  • Allows us to search for the meaning of life and death.

  • Offers continuity and hope for the living.

  • Meaningful funeral ceremonies are rites of passage. They help us to move from life before the death to life after death.

  • The funeral provides a safe place to express our feelings of loss.

What is a casket?
  • A casket is something more than metal and wood and silk.

  • It is an expression of human emotions in a tangible form.

  • It is a token of love and affection, of inexpressible regret.

  • It is a reflection of the beauty of a life well lived, of the warmth of a personality gone too soon.

  • It is a symbol of the transition from despair to faith, from sorrow to abiding peace.

Ten freedoms for creating meaningful funeral ceremonies.
  • You have the freedom to make use of ritual.

  • You have the freedom to plan a funeral that will meet the unique needs of your family.

  • You have the freedom to ask friends and family members to be involved in the funeral.

  • You .have the freedom to view the body before and during the funeral.

  • You have the freedom to embrace your pain during the funeral.

  • You have the freedom to plan a funeral that will reflect your spirituality.

  • You have the freedom to search for the meaning before, during and after the funeral.

  • You have the freedom to make use of memory during the funeral.

  • You have the freedom to be tolerant of your physical and emotional limits.

  •  You have the freedom to move toward your grief and heal.