Nobody likes funerals, unless they are a funeral director who owns a funeral home (and therefore make a profit on each one) or a cemetery owner. It takes a special type of person to do a funeral or memorial service in a way that is appropriate for all attendees in terms of religious belief, and that is caring for the family members. I believe that, because I come from a background accepting ALL faith paths, I can perform a service that satisfies both directives, while allowing me to function in any of Thunder Bay’s Funeral Homes, because I am not associated with any of them.
Because I tend towards openness, “Funeral Questions” is a page which lists many of the questions which I will ask you when you ask me to perform a funeral service, whether it is simply an interment (where the ashes/body are placed, or scattered, in or on the earth), a celebration of the person’s life, or a full scale service. The fees for each of the service types available are listed as well, on the page “Funeral Pricing”. Each type of service demands the same sort of questions, but they differ in terms of the amount of work involved, so there is a difference in price. Also, because funerals are generally only decided upon after a death occurs, I do request that you give me as much lead time as possible. I work outside the funeral and wedding industries, and need some time to make arrangements for time off. Asking me the day before the funeral is not something that will result in my best work.
Most important to me, however, is caring for those who are grieving. After all, if I don’t do that, then I really should not be performing this sort of service at all. So, if you need an ear, please feel free to contact me afterwards. If you are wanting me to perform a funeral service for someone, and they are still alive, but dying, I have no aversion to going to the hospital and talking to the person, IF they are feeling up to it, and allowing them to have some input into their own ceremony. However, be aware that funerals are for the living who have a connection to the family, to feel a sense of connection to their community, and can still be performed even if the “star” of the ceremony doesn’t want it.