Saying goodbye to Gran

3 Money Saving Tips When Planning For and Executing a Funeral

Planning for a funeral is difficult, especially where the deceased did not leave express wishes and the family is on a tight budget. Many families find themselves torn between making financially-sound decisions and feeling like they truly honoured the memory of their loved one. However, the thought that lavish funerals are the only way to show true love and devotion to a deceased loved one's memory is mistaken: there are ways to go about the funeral that would still be sensibly honourable but friendlier on the pocket. Read More 

Funeral Home or Place of Worship?: 3 Things to Consider

If someone close to you has recently passed away, you may be in the process of making funeral arrangements. Typically, the first choice you will have to make will be between having a religious funeral which is hosted in a place of worship or having a secular funeral at a local funeral home. Below is a guide to 3 things you should consider. Considering these things will help you to work out which option is best for you, the deceased and their surviving family and friends. Read More 

What Should You Expect When Viewing The Body Of A Deceased Loved-One?

When someone you love dies suddenly, deciding whether or not to view their body is a big and often difficult decision.  So what can you expect when you see a loved-one for the last time?  Read on to find out more.  Embalming and presentation of the deceased If you've never seen a dead body before, the experience can be rather daunting.  Most bodies are embalmed in order to preserve them for viewing prior to burial or cremation. Read More 

What are the pros and cons of having someone cremated?

When a loved one dies, the last thing you want to do is think about how to handle the remains, but it is something that needs to be decided fairly quickly. If your loved one did not have a will or didn't mention what they preferred after they died, it is up to you to choose between cremation and burial. Here are some pros and cons of choosing cremation. Pro: Cremation is more affordable Read More 

Questions You Should Probably Ask a Funeral Director When Planning a Funeral

A funeral director can be of tremendous help when you need to plan services for a friend or family member, or if you're pre-planning your own funeral. Funeral directors are familiar with just about every part of the funeral process and can often put your mind at ease when it comes to the arrangements, and handle many steps for you. Note a few questions you should probably ask a funeral director when planning a funeral so you know you don't overlook anything. Read More 

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Saying goodbye to Gran

My grandma had such a hard life. She was a real battler and had seen some tragic things, but she kept going and kept a smile on her face. I hope that we did a good job in honouring her spirit with her funeral services. When someone has had a hard life, it's a balance to tell everyone their story while also remembering the light and fun sides of their personality. Remembering someone so special is a blessing but also a great responsibility. This blog is all about making sure you say goodbye in a way that remembers the whole person.