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In the Victorian era (1837-1901), mourning jewelry was a common way to memorialize a loved one. The fashion was popularized by Queen Victoria, who was so devastated by her husband Prince Albert’s death, that she wore mourning clothes for the remainder of her life.

Queen Victoria favoured jet mourning jewelry, which was deep black – a representation of grief – and quite expensive, so it did double-duty as a status symbol for widows. Victorian mourning jewelry took the form of bracelets, necklaces, and rings made from woven hair of the deceased. Lockets and cameos, featuring the loved one’s portrait, were another way to remember someone.

Life is full of experiences, happy and sad, expected and unexpected. Pre-planning for some milestones, like a wedding, can go on for over a year. Yet, a sudden loss catches many families off guard with planning constrained to less than a week. Pre-planning is an opportunity to gather your thoughts and style a celebration of your life and lifestyle now. Taking the time to plan your funeral does more than save time and worry for your family about fulfilling your wishes. Think of it as a belated gift to help with their grieving process.

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

It’s hard enough to think about death without having to consider the financial realities that go along with it. Making the right decisions about funeral and memorial expenses can be especially tough when you’re grieving the loss of a loved one. But, as thousands of Canadian families have already discovered, there’s a way around that.

Funerals and cemetery services cost money—that’s unavoidable—but if you’re smart, you can cut those costs and protect your family for that day when you have to leave them. With well-informed estate planning, you could save thousands of dollars and spare your spouse and children from a heavy financial and emotional burden.

Over the years my parents have attended many funerals. Dealing with these losses can take a toll, as often the people they lose are part of their support system. As adult children, we can support our parents through this process, even though death is something that makes many people uncomfortable.

My mother told me nonchalantly the other day that she wasplanning on attending a friend’s funeral later in the week. She also told me that she has reached a point in her life where she finds herself searching obituaries for a familiar face or someone she had known. This has become part of her morning habit.

Over the years my parents have attended many funerals. Dealing with these losses can take a toll, as often the people they lose are part of their support system. As adult children, we can support our parents through this process, even though death is something that makes many people uncomfortable.

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, 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 – a personalized event.

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