Planning Funeral Arrangements
Planning and pre-planning funeral arrangements can be a rewarding experience.
Planning ahead allows you be prepared both financially and personally, so your wishes are carried out and your loved ones have less stress during their time of loss. Planning a funeral also can be a valuable, as it helps to begin the healing process and lets you honor your loved one.
Benefits of Pre-planning
Pre-arrangements can be done at your own pace
Relieve your family of making uncertain decisions of your wishes
You decide on the details – music, flowers, participants, etc.
Choose traditional or cremation
Should be monies set aside with Purple Shield (Our staff will assist)
Choose type of service needed to suit your beliefs
Benefits of Planning
- Planning a funeral for the one who has passed is a privilege
- Planning a funeral for the one who has passed is a way to express your love and the value of their life
- It provides satisfaction of a meaningful tribute
- Choose the specific needs of your loved one’s service
Information required for use on legal documents, the obituary, and the memorial card.
- Birthdate and place of birth
- Health Number and Social Insurance Number
- Name of spouse and date/place of marriage
- Names of parents (including mother’s maiden name) & their places of birth
Info for Obituary & Memorial Card
- what school attended
- chronological order of life history
- organizations belonged to, hobbies and interests
- family listing (include surviving and predeceased): spouse, children and their families, parents, siblings
- photograph(s) (for notices, obituary (optional), memorial card – clothing (only required for casket burial)
- dress or pants/skirt with blouse or sweater
- suit, shirt and tie or slacks/jeans with shirt or sweater
- regular under clothing
- shoes (optional)
- jewellery (optional – can be removed before casket is closed and returned to the family if desired) – eye glasses (optional)
- rosary (optional)
- date, time and place of Prayer Service and/or Funeral Service/Mass
- presider, celebrant or officiant, crossbearer, intentions, giftbearers, scripture readers, music ministry, memorial table attendants, eulogist, honor guard (optional), honorary pallbearers (optional), active pallbearers
- place of interment
- memorial donations: e.g., church/cemetery fund, hospital foundation, nursing home, Canadian Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Alzheimer Society, Lung Association, etc.