Welcome to Our Funeral And Cremation Information Guide
Funeral and Cremation Planning: Step-By-Step
- Plan ahead. Planning ahead is the best thing you can do. Your plan doesn’t need to be complicated. Even a simple plan will be helpful to your family. Start with the basics: Interment choices (i.e., burial, cremation, donation to medical science, and funeral service choices (i.e., traditional funeral, memorial service, celebration of life, reception service, graveside service, no service).
- Estimate the cost of your funeral. Change your choices, if necessary, to reduce the expected cost. Our Family Service Consultants will help you determine what your choices will cost and give you a written estimate. No cost. No obligation.
- Share your funeral plan with your family so they know your wishes. In Alberta, the executor/executrix will be responsible for making decisions and payment from your estate. Your family members should also be apprised of your wishes so there are no surprises or hurt feelings at the time of need.
- Start with your basic plan and then keep them updated as you add details over time. Specify the details of your services. This is optional if you prefer not to go into the details. But keep in mind that it will be very helpful to those who will be making the final arrangements for your funeral. A Celebrant can help you plan the funeral ceremonies. Ask us for our Personal Planning Organizer to document all of your wishes.
- Make financial arrangements to pay for your funeral. Figure out if you will leave behind enough money to cover the funeral cost and other final expenses. Consider pre-purchasing cemetery space, and a prearranged agreement for funeral services, which will lock in the cost of your choices and have funds immediately available at need, making it convenient for the surviving family and your executor.
- Organize and document your key personal information. This will be essential for wrapping up your affairs and will be helpful to those who will be delivering eulogies and writing your obituary. Think about what you might want to leave behind for genealogy purposes. Future generations in your family will appreciate all of this information. Our Personal Planning Organizer will identify everything your family will need to remember and our Family Service Consultants will work with them after the service to ensure nothing gets missed.
- Complete the appropriate guide below to get started with your personal cremation or funeral plan.
Below you will see two options to choose from. Click on the image that reflects the type of service you would like. It will open up into a planning form and guide that can be filled in.
This Information Guide will help you create a ceremony that is personal to you and reflect the life that you have lived in your final goodbye.
It will become a road-map for your family to follow when they simply do not want to make decisions at all.
More people than ever, old and young, are planning their own services, designating their ceremony preferences, and even paying for them in advance. They see funeral planning as an extension of will and estate planning.
When you have a plan, there is nothing left to chance and a family that is well organized on the worst day of their lives, will appreciate that you loving provided this for them and they will have peace of mind in knowing that they are following your wishes.
Click the link to download Our Personal Planning Organizer
Feel free to call one of our Family Service Consultants at any time to ask questions 780-590-0626
If a death has occurred, Call 780-422-2222 24 hours
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9 Muir Drive
St. Albert, Alberta
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