Ask the Expert
By Bruce Simpson, Cemetery Manager
Hatley Memorial Gardens
The need to say goodbye is a universal human experience.
Through every era and across all cultures, our families, friends and communities commemorate the death of someone special with ceremonies to mark their passing.
Over the years in Canada, this ritual has become a standardized service recognized as the “classic funeral.” This beautiful, traditional format is still the right choice for many families; but today, you can choose a different approach for a more personalized event.
There are many elements that make someone an individual: their history, their accomplishments, beliefs and interests—and the diverse facets of their own unique personality. It makes sense that a quiet, reflective person wouldn’t want the same style of event as someone who is adventurous and wild.
With so many options available, choosing details can feel overwhelming, especially for families making arrangements at time of great sadness. That’s why Arbor Memorial developed ‘A Time to Remember’. This concept provides a new alternative to help families quickly determine how to celebrate a life in the most meaningful way possible, all the while addressing practical needs such as their time and budget.
Many families even find a greater sense of connection and comfort through the very act of designing a customized ceremony to honour their loved one. Take a look at this infographic for an overview of how ‘A Time to Remember’ works. It will to inspire you with ideas and with Signature Sentiments or Personalized Packages to make your event as unique as your loved one.
Bruce can be reached through his Hatley Memorial Gardens portal listing here on GoWestShore.