Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Celebration of Life?

A Celebration of Life is a personal reflection presented in a meaningful way to memorialize the person who has passed away.​

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Who is a Celebrant?


A Celebrant is a person who seeks to meet the needs of families during their time of loss. They serve ​by providing a funeral service that is personalized to reflect the personality and lifestyle of the deceased.

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Why is a Celebration of Life chosen versus a funeral?

A Celebration of Life is an alternative that provides families with a special and personal farewell for their loved one who may not be affiliated with a particular religion or church.


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What qualifications does a Celebrant possess?

A Celebrant has been specifically trained to design a service that is completely personal, incorporating those unique stories, songs, and experiences that defined the loved one.

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When is a celebrant contacted?

You may contact your funeral director or reach out to a Celebrant of your choice to begin the process.  Funeral directors may discuss the appropriate avenues of either clergy or celebrant to meet your needs.   You do not have to use the celebrant recommended by your funeral director but may nominate your own celebrant if you wish.

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Where will the celebrant meet with the family?

Celebrants may meet with the family at their home or at the funeral home, with the approval of the funeral director. 

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How will we know what time frame to use for deadline dates?

Your deadline dates will be outlined in your contract form as your discussions proceed relative to family members wishes, location of service, proximity and availability of officiant. 

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Should children attend the service?

As with any delicate situation, it is recommended that family members and friends use their personal judgment considering the relationship of the children to the deceased and their emotional attachment and coping mechanisms.

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Can I personalize a Celebration of Life?

Of course you can, in fact more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honor your wishes.

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Is it necessary to have flowers at the ceremony?

Flowers create a background of warmth and beauty which adds to the dignity and consolation of the  service. "Necessary" may not be the right word; but there's no doubt flowers at an  end-of-life ceremony serve many valuable purposes including a means of a visual expression of sympathy, love and respect or a means of lending support.

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How long is a funeral service?

Simply put, "it depends on the service". Just as no two movies or novels are the same length or cover the same emotional ground; no two end-of-life ceremonies are the same.

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Must I wear black to the funeral ceremony?

Black used to be the only color to wear to a funeral; but not anymore. Today things are less formal than they once were, and it's not totally uncommon for families to ask prospective guests to altogether avoid wearing black clothing.

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When is payment due?

The person arranging the Celebration of Life is usually responsible for payment. This is often a family member. It is important to note that payment is typically due at the time of, or before services are provided.  Suggestion:  Pre-designate person responsible. 

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What type of payment do you accept?

E-transfers, cash or certified cheques;  Receipts are issued for all monies received.

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Can I personalize a funeral?

Of course you can, in fact more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honor your wishes.

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Do we need to have an obituary notice and what is included in one?

It is highly recommended to have an obituary notice that’s either placed in a local newspaper, or placed online to advise the public that a death has occurred, and gives them information about the service date, time, and location. Obituaries include the deceased’s full name, age, city and date of birth and the city they were living in when they died. It also includes the name of the deceased’s spouse, along with the names of anyone else significant in their lives, such as siblings, parents, children or grandchildren.

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