Regardless of whether you or your loved one have opted for burial or for cremation, a gathering fills an important role.
Obviously we are biased, but we think having "Something" is better than nothing.
"Something," whether a Funeral or Memorial Service, Celebration of Life, Private Family Gathering or Graveside Service, does many things:
- Honours, recognizes and celebrates the life of the deceased
- Provides consolation to family and friends through ritual: a space and time to process.
- If public, allows friends, community and family to say their last good-byes
Making the Arrangements
The licensed Funeral Directors at James Reid Funeral Home are available for consultation every day of the week. Family and friends meet with a Funeral Director to
- review any prearrangements
- discuss wishes
- design a gathering
- learn about what is required by law.
James Reid Funeral Home provides a quiet, sensitive setting for making funeral arrangements. All details are attended to personally, including the co-ordination with hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, cemeteries, clergy, and newspapers.
For your convenience and in accordance with legal requirements, Funeral Directors
- register the death
- obtain burial/cremation permits
- provide Funeral Director’s Statements of Death for Estate purposes
All necessary documentation is provided for promptly.
There are simple and creative ways to personalize a Funeral or Memorial service or a Celebration of Life:
- Music may be played digitally or live.
- A DVD may show images of the deceased over the years, capturing memories of passions and relationships.
- The stationery may be chosen to reflect hobbies such as gardening or fishing.
- People may talk about their memories or read a poem.
- Visitation in a suite may precede the service, with memory boards covered in photographs.
- A reception may follow with photographs, refreshments, and, if desired, alcohol.
- A graveside service may take the family and guests to a cemetery for burial or inurnment.
Visitation or Private Family Gathering
A visitation allows relatives and friends and acquaintances to support and encourage the bereaved. A visitation gives family more time to greet more people, and gives people more opportunities to pay their respects. The deceased may be there in a casket or urn if wished.
A private family gathering allows those closest to the deceased private time to say goodbye. A family gathering may include a clergy to offer the comfort of ritual It may include the deceased in a casket or cremation container or urn. This is usually a time of less than an hour.
James Reid Funeral Home is wheelchair accessible and includes a spacious lobby, large and cozy suites, and a lounge with refreshments. Our staff are trained in Health and Safety, prepared for any events that may occur. Our facilities are designed as attractive, comforting spaces, furnished by James Reid Furniture.
Funeral, Memorial Service, or Celebration of Life
The Funeral, Memorial Service or Celebration of Life may be held in our onsite chapel or in our Reception & Celebration Centre, or at a church or hall of choice.The service may be public or private.
A Funeral Director oversees the service and directs all aspects. Our staff receives family and friends, collects donations and cards, delivers flowers and attends to any special needs. A Funeral Director co-ordinates the funeral procession and interment service, or the delivery of the cremated remains and the final disposition.
As its name implies, a graveside service is held at the grave site just prior to burial of a casket or inurnment of cremated remains. It usually consists of final remarks, prayers or memories. The service may occur immediately after, months after, or in place of a chapel service.
Following the service, friends and family may walk into the James Reid Reception & Celebration Centre, an open, spacious, and comfortably furnished room with many windows. The funeral home staff will have set up the Reception Centre with your flowers, photographs, and memorabilia, as well as any DVDs to play on the screen above the fireplace. Our hostesses provide hot beverages, china and napkins to go along with your own refreshments, or catering is available, with or without alcoholic beverages.
This informal time of hospitality may also occur at a church, hall, or restaurant. If so, James Reid staff may drive the family there and direct others where to go. In some cases, our hostesses may also serve at a reception off-site.
Trained staff, vehicle and equipment are employed to transfer the deceased person from the place of death to the funeral home.Families may be picked up at home in our limousines, as well as driven to and from the funeral home for a church or graveside service.
Funeral Coach: A custom manufactured hearse of highest quality is provided for dignified transportation of the deceased to the cemetery or crematorium.
Lead Car: The funeral director and clergy are transported in a sedan car for the procession or for the return and delivery of personal cremated remains.
Two Limousines: Each limousine seats seven people, and is driven by one of our courteous staff drivers. If the family wishes, one of our limousines can accommodate the pallbearers, and the other seven family members may be accommodated by the limousine.
This provides a printed record of this often difficult-to-remember day. It includes a Visitor Register Book, personalized In Memoriam Cards and/or Prayer Cards, Clergy Records, and Thank You cards. These help families express appreciation for those who sent floral tributes and memorial donations. Custom printing is provided on all stationery.