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Funeral planning

The pain and grief associated with the loss of a loved one is inevitably followed by the planning of a funeral.

Since every action that follows a death brings the family closer to the final separation from the deceased, the planning of a funeral is considered to be an integral part of the grieving process. In addition to its regular services, our team of professionals will also take care of you and your family 24 hours a day in a warm, family-style way.

Questions to ask before planning the funeral

There are many details to consider when organizing the funeral of a loved one, and these actions need to be taken quickly. To make sure you don’t forget anything, here are a few questions to ask yourself :

  • What were the deceased’s last wishes? Did he or she have a will or make funeral prearrangements?
  • Will the deceased be laid to rest (if so, will it be open or closed casket?)?
  • If open-casket, what clothing and accessories should be chosen for the deceased? Was the deceased wearing glasses? Would you like to leave them on for the viewing? The choice of clothing is a time for you and your family to take the time to choose the deceased’s attire for his final resting place, and to restore his dignity.
  • Did the deceased wish to be buried or cremated?
  • If cremation is chosen, will the urn be placed in a columbarium or buried in the cemetery?
  • When and where should the ceremony take place? Should it take place in a church, funeral home or other location?
  • Will an obituary be published in newspapers and on the Web?
  • Will there be a tribute to the memory of the deceased during the ceremony?
  • Will there be music and flowers at the ceremony?
  • Will there be a funeral procession from the funeral home to the cemetery? If so, should vehicles be reserved to transport the casket and family members?
  • What photo of the deceased will be displayed at the ceremony?
  • Will there be a buffet during the ceremony? If so, for how many people?
  • Should relatives be invited to make a donation to a foundation or organization in memory of the deceased?
  • Will you be producing commemorative cards or bookmarks? If so, think about the text you’d like to appear on them.

These questions can help you prepare for your meeting with the funeral home’s advisors. Know that you are not alone. We know how complex funeral planning can be. That’s why Steve L. Elkas Funeral Home prides itself in respecting the families’ needs and budget, and in offering personalized ceremonies that respect the loved one’s last wishes:

  • Funeral arrangements available 24 hours a day;
  • Meetings held at home or in hospital;
  • Complete funeral planning and direction;
  • Transportation services available during the whole process;
  • Arrangements such as viewing and visitations, cremation and burial;
  • Personalized ceremonies according to your creed and beliefs;
  • Unique products and services in the region;
  • Free psychological support services;
  • Choice of several inviting and well-appointed funeral parlors;
  • Free funeral service in case of perinatal bereavement;
  • Funeral pre-arrangements;
  • Arrangements for burial, mausoleum and columbarium services;
  • Complete administrative and estate planning support services.

Personalized celebration

Always respectful of people’s last wishes, Steve L. Elkas Funeral Home takes special care to fully personalize its funeral ceremonies.

Our warm and inviting funeral parlors offer an atmosphere that is conducive to both solace and meaningful human contacts.

Religious ceremonies

  • Liturgy of the Word performed at the Steve L. Elkas Funeral Home
  • Church ceremony


Other types of ceremonies

  • Commemorative ceremony (personalized ceremony)
  • Farewell ceremony
  • Other

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