Traditionally, Canadians chose to have a visitation/wake. A wake normally involved one or two days of visitation, with the casket present. This provides friends and family members with an opportunity to say their good-byes and pay their respects to the family of the deceased. The visitation/wake is then followed by a funeral service—in a church or in a funeral home.
However, these days, some families are choosing alternatives, such as a simple memorial service, without the body present. Often, this service takes place at the cemetary, so the memorial service and internment happen in one place, at the same time. We will help you and your family make decisions about these details that reflect your beliefs and your desires.