By Julie Evans, Funeral Chapel Manager
Sands Funeral Chapel Cremation and Reception Centre, Colwood
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.
There are many elements that make someone an individual: history, accomplishments, beliefs, interests – and the diverse facets of personality. It makes sense that a quiet, reflective person wouldn’t want the same style of event as someone who is adventurous and wild.
Arrangements can be designed to celebrate your loved one’s nature by customizing the components of the services, from flowers and food, to music, remembrances and more.
With so many options available, choosing details can feel overwhelming, especially for families making arrangements at their time of sadness. That’s why Arbor Memorial developed A Time to Remember. This concept provides a new method to help families quickly determine how to celebrate a life in the most meaningful way possible – all while answering to their practical needs of 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.