OTTAWA, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Today is "Create a Great Funeral Day."
This annual event gives families the opportunity to talk about death,
dying and funerals.
What is a "great funeral?" A great funeral reflects the life of the
person who has died. It allows family and friends to grieve and support
one another. A great funeral features smiles as well as tears.
To help families celebrate "Create a Great Funeral Day", the Funeral
Service Association of Canada offers these five tips for creating a
Talk about it. Tell loved ones what you want — or don't want — at your funeral.
Make it personal. Your final goodbye should reflect the way you lived your life.
Incorporate your favourite music or hobbies. Have your loved ones
gather at a house of worship, a funeral home — or even at the golf
club. There is no one quite like you, and your funeral should be
Explore your options. Funeral trends and technology constantly evolve to meet the needs of
Canadian families. Will you have your ashes interred, launched into
space or turned into diamonds? Will a Harley Davidson hearse take you
to your final resting space? Would you like an eco-friendly funeral and
burial? Will you record a video greeting to be played during your
funeral? The possibilities are endless!
Listen. Funerals are ABOUT the person who has died, but they are FOR
grieving family and friends. What would bring comfort to your loved
ones? A "great funeral" pays tribute to the person who has died, but it
also meets the emotional needs of the mourners.
Talk to a funeral professional. Licensed funeral directors are happy to answer your questions and
outline all your options. If you so desire, you may preplan your
funeral. The funeral home will keep a copy of your wishes on file until
they are needed. Your local funeral director is an excellent source of
information about end of life issues, funeral trends, bereavement, and
"Create a Great Funeral Day" was launched in 1999 to encourage families
to talk about their final wishes. By having a relaxed conversation
about funerals, families relieve the stress of worrying about what
their loved one would have wanted.
Founded 90 years ago, the Funeral Service Association of Canada promotes
the highest professional standards for funeral directors, represents
the profession nationally and raises awareness of funeral issues. To
learn more about FSAC, please visit www.fsac.ca. For more information about planning personalized funerals, visit www.todaysfuneral.com.
SOURCE: Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC)
For further information:
Eileen Barak, Executive Director
Funeral Service Association of Canada
613.271.2107 / 1.866.841.7779
Laura Sharp, Principal
905.842.6153 / 416.801-6153