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Local families making funeral arrangements in the Lower Mainland count on Can-Trust-Funeral directors to draw on their national traditions or to create unique funeral service rituals to adjust to loss 

National days are dedicated to honour and remember the dead in countries round the globe. Rituals observed closer to home, say the death care professionals at Richmond-based, Can-Trust-Funeral, can help individuals who come from those traditions to heal after funeral services in Vancouver or cremations, graveside funeral services or memorials throughout the Lower Mainland, too. 

Public memorial and death related experiences on a national scale  

You may have heard of Mexico’s Día de Muertos a holiday that honors the dead and is so renowned that it is celebrated well beyond its borders. 

This month of November is when many countries have a national day for families and friends to gather in tribute to their deceased loved ones. They days often include festivities, with plenty of colour, loud music and food and then allow for quiet, private reflection and remembering,  

A few examples of how entire countries observe remembrance of funeral services are:  

Brazil’s Dia de Finados, is far less a pagan influenced celebration and is a Catholic holiday. Mass is shared in the community and then private reflections are in effect 

Ecuador has its Día de Todos los Santos and Philippines’ All Saints’ Day is named similarly, but has in addition to feasting, travel by Filipinos back to their homes.  

National rituals in Asia, Europe and South America observed on a dedicated day may include time to tidy up cemeteries, place flowers on graves and light candles in honor of their relatives who have passed on. One of these is Chingming, or Tomb Sweeping Day, to venerate the dead in China, in the spring. Graves are cleaned off and only cold foods are served yet the tradition also greets the oncoming springtime.  

Guatemalans fly huge, colourful and extravagant kites painted by hand and prepared months in advance.   

Haitians funeral rituals revolve around singing, dancing, drinking and sacrifices that take place close to the cemeteries and recall both the powers of death and fertility.  

Halloween in the USA and Samhain in Ireland occur at the end of October. Like at other celebrations skeletons, torches, outdoor activity and feasting focus on the community’s sharing in the remembrance.  

Close to home, Can Trust’s funeral directors have observed personal rituals drawn from the Lower Mainland citizens’ countries of origin.

Examples of some personal choices are: 

  • Offerings at funerals in Surrey 
  • Touching comments at cremations for New Westminster family members who passed 
  • Candles lit at celebrations of life in Burnaby 
  • Memorial cards to hold as a keepsake at funeral services in Richmond 
  • Flowers in the sanctuary or strewn onto caskets at funerals in Vancouver  

Funeral Directors working with families in Richmond, Steveston, Vancouver, or in planning funerals in Burnaby, funeral services in Surrey and funeral services in New Westminster help families create the meaningful rituals to connect and together to face the reality of the death.   

Can-Trust’s funeral directors offer families caring guidance on all options in the Lower Mainland community. We provide reliable, straightforward and affordable service, and with compassion, always.   

Before you engage with any funeral homes, please call Can-Trust-Funeral at 604-376-7975 or email to book a free professional consultation. You are never obligated.   

Our Can-Trust team of licensed funeral directors, provides funeral services in Burnaby, funeral services in Richmond, funeral services in Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland.   

Phone: 604-376-7975   

E-mail: can-trust-funeral@outlook.com   

WeChat: Cantrustfuneral   

Learn more at Can-Trust-Funerals Ltd. website  

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How to Write a Eulogy

The eulogy speech at a memorial or funeral service remembers the person who died and can be delivered by a family member, close friend, member of the clergy or celebrant. It is one of the rituals that funeral directors at Richmond based Can-Trust-Funeral know helps mourners shift from the reality of losing their loved one’s personal presence to sharing their memory.       

Are you the one writing a eulogy? Then you are tasked with presenting a life in brief, at an emotional time. You are expected to share your thoughts publicly with a certain flair to both comfort and to inform other mourners at the funeral service. It can feel more stressful if you felt close to the deceased.  

Even as families in Greater Vancouver, Richmond, New Westminster, Burnaby and Surrey have a greater hand in arranging funeral services and carrying out rituals, they welcome the guidance offered by Can-Trust’s professional funeral directors when it comes to writing a eulogy.  

Here are the most useful tips the team offers based on their observance at funeral services:  

Feel big yet think small 

  • In your sincere testimony, select a few specific memories that show important moments in the deceased’s life.  
  • Illustrate their traits such as humour, generosity or kindness. Those smaller moments and their unique details will speak to all the people leaning in to listen to you. Your examples will spark their own memories of the loved one. 

Organize comments around a theme 

  • Capture the ideas that flow to you into a theme. A love of nurturing plants may start out as a small colourful story, as an example. Yet, it expands into memories that might depict this trait as compassion and special care of people in that person’s circle of family and friends.  
  • If a theme doesn’t present itself clearly, take a stroll through photos and memorabilia. This often sparks comments to share.  

Do share the expected  

Deliver what we all expect to hear at a funeral service, memorial, cremation or celebration of life. Balance your respectful sharing of intimate moments of a life, with information that is a bit less emotional such as: 

  • Milestones in life, achievements, childhood or lifelong interests and mentions of family, marriage, and the education and career years of the loved one who has passed.   
  • Aim for 5-7 minutes as it is an emotionally charged time and this would give space to others who might want to share readings, memories and prayers and poems.  
  • Do be respectful of the deceased’s values and their standing in their community, family or faith to speak and use humour and personal stories appropriately.   

Can-Trust’s funeral directors offer families caring guidance on all options in the Lower Mainland community. We provide reliable, straightforward and affordable service, and with compassion, always.  

Before you engage with any funeral homes, please call Can-Trust-Funeral at 604-376-7975 or email to book a free professional consultation. You are never obligated.  

Our Can-Trust team of licensed funeral directors, provides funeral services in Burnaby, funeral services in Richmond, Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland.  

Phone: 604-376-7975  

E-mail: can-trust-funeral@outlook.com  

WeChat: Cantrustfuneral  

Visit us online for more information

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Tips to write and share an obituary from the funeral directors at Can-Trust-Funeral serving BC’s Lower Mainland

The obituary you write is one of the last rituals a licensed funeral director at Can-Trust-Funeral can assist a grieving family with as they make funeral arrangements, plan a cremations or celebrations of life in BC’s Lower Mainland. It may be read widely or held as a keepsake of the moment family and friends came together, in person or virtually, to honour and to remember their connection to the deceased.   

Every obituary tells some of the story of someone’s life — who their parents were, who their children are and where they’ve been and what they’ve done. An obituary may be the only time that person’s name ever appears in the paper, and it is through that obituary that a lasting record of a person’s life is written.  

Here are Can-Trust’s tips on what to include and also what not to share publicly: 

What to include in an obituary? 

An obituary is like a news article that reports:  

  • The recent death of a person and typically an account of their life, family members, glowing tributes and noteworthy achievements. 
  • Information about the funeral service, cremation or celebration of life such as time and location.  
  • An obituary typically consists of only a few paragraphs that briefly tells the story of a person and is of greatest interest to those who had an integral role in the community the loved one was a part of such as: friends and neighbors, former classmates or fellow faith community members  

Unfortunately, the family of the deceased is vulnerable to possible scams, identity theft or fraud when posting details of funeral arrangements, services and people in attendance. Can-Trust’s team suggests specific protections in the process of crafting an obituary.  

When to announce a death through an obituary  

Traditionally, an obituary was sent to a publication such as a newspaper or community bulletin three days before the actual funeral. Today, obituaries can be submitted electronically by any family member of the deceased or by a friend or funeral director acting on behalf of the family. 

Obituaries must be verified before publication. This is done through the funeral home. At Can-Trust-Funeral, licensed funeral directors assist families with their funeral arrangements in Richmond, Surrey, New Westminster and Burnaby, and include direct help in crafting an obituary worthy of the deceased as part of their service.  

Where to share an obituary 

Print publications such as newspapers and community bulletins. These are temporary and may be discarded or damaged.   

Online obituaries are more permanent and can be printed off by family and friends to keep. They are also often far more appealing visually to readers as colours, photos and graphics and videos can be economically added – making it feel more interactive.  

Online obituaries can be accessed in perpetuity from anywhere at any time, and easily shared as a  

website link or email or as a social media page. Another plus is that the text is virtually, unlimited and very low cost.  

Can-Trust’s funeral directors offer families caring guidance on all options in the Lower Mainland community. We provide reliable, straightforward and affordable service, and with compassion, always.  

Before you engage with any funeral homes, please call Can-Trust-Funeral at 604-376-7975 or email to book a free professional consultation. You are never obligated.  

Our Can-Trust team of professional and licensed funeral directors, provides funeral services in Burnaby, funeral services in Richmond, Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland.  

Phone: 604-376-7975  

E-mail: can-trust-funeral@outlook.com  

WeChat: Cantrustfuneral  

Visit us online for more information.  

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Personal visit to funeral home reassures and reveals, says BC’s Can-Trust-Funerals Ltd 

A personal on-site visit should follow your short list gotten from your early search by phone and through referrals of trusted persons for a funeral home and funeral services to meet your needs in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. It is useful and reassuring to physically visit a funeral home. Your personal inspection reveals whether the funeral director and staff practice the philosophy and community commitment they have promised in their printed or online posts and the information they shared with you on the phone.  

You may already have a sense about the quality of the funeral director. Your next step is to understand and to see the full picture – in person.  

Can-Trust-Funeral’s Richmond-based team of funeral directors speak from personal experience when they offer these tips on what to look for in a personal inspection:  

Are there proofs of the funeral home’s accreditation? 

Photos should be easily visible of the staff so you can recognize the funeral director you may be meeting with as well as other funeral service staff. 

Credentials such as licenses to operate a funeral home and the licenses of the funeral directors as proof of their graduation from accredited courses and licenses to offer funeral services should be visible.  

Price lists should be easily available for viewing and review.  (Please subscribe and receive upcoming detailed blogs on why all these are important to you)            

Is the space flexible so that the venue can meet your needs? 

As you consider the elements you want to be a part of the funeral service you are planning, you should choose a funeral home that meets those desires.  

The funeral director and their staff, will meet with you to discuss what is important to you, and they should have experience and ideas on how to create the funeral service or memorial or celebration of life you envision.  

Is it clean and well-kept?   

A point so obvious that it is expected, yet on your tour of a funeral home your overall personal impression if the requirements of what is clean and orderly counts! What you see automatically filters into what you sense about how things are run at the funeral home and how you feel about your contact with the funeral director and their staff.  

Can-Trust-Funerals Ltd. provides reliable, straightforward and affordable service, and with compassion, always. 

Before you engage with any funeral homes, please call Can-Trust-Funeral at 604-376-7975 or email to book a free professional consultation. You are never obligated. 

Can-Trust’s team of licensed funeral directors, provide funeral services in Burnaby, funeral services in Richmond, Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland. 

Phone: 604-376-7975 

E-mail: can-trust-funeral@outlook.com 

WeChat: Cantrustfuneral 

Visit us online for more information. 

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3 Tips on What to Look for When You Choose a Funeral Home and Funeral Service Provider in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland

How do you select a funeral home you can rely on when arranging funeral services at one of life’s most difficult times–the death of a loved one?  There are many legal requirements and practical details that may be emotionally charged and being able to count on the services of death care professional and a funeral home may offer great comfort. 

Finding a funeral home that works best for you is important if you are planning in advance or in immediate need of arranging a funeral, memorial service or cremation. 

Richmond-based Can-Trust-Funerals has these tips of what to look for in your search: 

Do they have a good reputation? 

Your closest source of experience is the home that has served the family in the past, or a recommendation from a colleague or friend you trust. You may also read reviews online of funeral homes in Richmond, Delta, West Minister, Burnaby, and Surrey or funeral services in Vancouver or Coquitlam.  

Families exploring funeral homes have another exceptional resource protecting their rights and offering information on licensed funeral services at Consumer Protection BC.  

Can they offer a personalized funeral service? 

The funeral home should express a commitment to create a unique and meaningful experience for you. One that will reflect the values or personality of your loved one and the life they lived. 

Communication is key.  Do you feel confident based on the impression you get from the funeral director and the staff they coordinate that they are listening to the details that are important to you? Do you feel you can count on a complete service of care where your wishes and needs are met?  

Can they handle your religious or cultural needs? 

Confidence in funeral services and being heard by the funeral director extends to religious or cultural concerns when arranging a funeral. The diverse population in BC’s Lower Mainland means that a variety of culture and religious traditions exist in our communities. 

Funeral homes must be open and able to meet diverse needs, and you have a right to seek funeral services to reflect and honour the origins of your family and your loved one’s beliefs. Your funeral director ensures that the funeral service you arrange or the memorial service or celebration of life you plan reflect your core values.   

These has been consolidation in the funeral home industry of late, so funeral homes in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland may appear to be locally owned, but are owned by a national corporation. So, if a funeral director offering funeral services from a locally owned funeral home is important to you, do ask. 

You may find the posts on first contacts at a funeral home or first questions useful. Many find it less stressful to phone funeral homes to ask about their questions. Our next post has tips on how a personal on-site visit to a funeral home and discussion of their services is to your advantage. 

Can-Trust-Funeral’s provides reliable, straightforward and affordable service, and with compassion, always. 

Before you engage with any funeral homes, please call Can-Trust-Funeral at 604-376-7975 or email to book a free professional consultation. You are never obligated. 

Can-Trust’s team of licensed funeral directors, provide funeral services in Burnaby, funeral services in Richmond, Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland. 

Phone: 604-376-7975 

E-mail: can-trust-funeral@outlook.com 

WeChat: Cantrustfuneral 

Visit us online for more information. 

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Be protected and informed as you make final arrangements after a loss

Be protected and informed as you make final arrangements after a loss

Professional funeral directors at Can-Trust Funeral, based in Richmond, BC recommend that family members or executors responsible for making the arrangements after a loss, turn to Consumer Protection of BC as an important resource to help you.

You may be overwhelmed and vulnerable when you enter a funeral home. Yet in your distressed state, you must deal with multiple documents placed in front of you. One of these will be a funeral contract. On it you will see a fee, currently $30, called the Consumer Protection BC fee.

Consumer Protection BC offers a service families can reach out to if they believe that they have been misled, mistreated or received wrong information from the funeral provider. (Can-Trust upcoming blogs will detail how funeral providers can mislead, mistreat and giving wrong information to bereaved families, please subscribe for an alert to your inbox)

The death care professionals at Can-Trust who provide funeral services throughout the Lower Mainland have these two important messages today, so that families and executors can protect themselves and feel confident in the planning after a loved one passes:

You have access to an independent and trusted source to for research

The Consumer Protection Act serves you with information 24/7 on their website.

Consumer Protection BC regulates the industry and issues licenses for funeral directors and funeral homes.

It is mandatory for funeral professionals to be licensed by Consumer Protection BC. The website can tell you if the person who is serving your family is licensed or not. (Next blogs will explain why it is critical that the person serving your family is licensed)

You will learn about your individual rights on their pages and also see published reports on any infractions of complaints investigated. Available to you are listings of funeral homes that violated regulations and exactly which regulations they violated, so you may think twice about using them. (Most instances of violation are related to Pre-arrangements and about items not listed on pricelist, incorrect information given etc. To learn more in upcoming blogs, subscribe)

You have more time than you think when a loved one passes

You have time to do all you must. Call on the services of a professional and licenced funeral director to help you arrange all you need for burial or cremation and any events you wish to hold to celebrate the life of the person who passed.

Consumer Protection BC can help you screen for a reputable funeral provider.

Before you engage with any funeral homes, please call Can-Trust-Funeral at 604-376-7975 or email to book a free professional consultation.

You are never obligated.

Can-Trust-Funeral’s provides reliable, straightforward and affordable service, and with compassion, always.

Can-Trust’s team of licensed funeral directors, provide funeral services in Burnaby, funeral services in Richmond and in Vancouver as well as throughout the Lower Mainland. 

Phone: 604-376-7975

E-mail: can-trust-funeral@outlook.com

WeChat: Cantrustfuneral

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KNAPP, Allen

February 15, 1926 – July 25, 2018

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Allen Knapp at the age of 92. Al is survived by his wife Molly of 68 years and his son Allen (Betty); Daughter Susan (Harry); Grandson John and Granddaughter Trish.  Al spent 3 years with the Canadian Navy during the war.  He spent 37 years with Air Canada and enjoyed postings in Toronto, Montreal, Cleveland, Edmonton, Winnipeg and ended his career with a posting in Tokyo, Japan.  Returning to retire in Richmond, B.C..

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HEBERT, Scott Warren Alexander

December 31, 1970 – March 17, 2018

We are extremely saddened to announce the passing of Scott Hebert, our beloved husband, father, friend and trainer extraordinaire at the age of 47.  He leaves behind his loving wife Rosalie, daughter Jessie and countless family members and dear friends.  He will be greatly missed by the athletic community and his passion for life will live on through all those he touched. 

A celebration of Scott’s life, where we will all get the opportunity to celebrate and honour Scott, will take place at the Stadium rink at the Minoru Arena in Richmond on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 3pm.

In lieu of flowers, a go fund me page has been setup for Jessie’s postsecondary education.  Gofundme.com:Scott Hebert In Memoriam.  (Link on his facebook page) #Bellletstalk 

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LI, Yong Qiang

November 14, 1963 – March 5, 2018

Yong Qiang Li passed away at Vancouver General Hospital at the age of 54.  He was born in Guangzhou, China.  Visitation on March 8, 2018 from 3 – 5 pm at Bakerview Community Crematorium and funeral service on March 9, 2018 at 9:30am at Bakerview Crematorium.

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WONG, Jimmy Kam Yow

November 20, 1947 – December 24, 2017

Jimmy passed away peacefully after a brief illness. He was pre-deceased by his beloved father Wong Gim Sing (1966), beloved mother Wong Leong Quay Ying (1974) and beloved sister Wong Feng Gin. He is survived by his son Terrance (Christina); his daughter Christina (Alexander); his daughter Cynthia (Take);  his daughter Cassandra (Terry);  his daughter Kscenia (David);  four grandchildren Matthew, Madeleine, Joshua and Cameron; and many close friends.

He emigrated from China to Vancouver, BC, Canada in the 1950s and attended high school in East Vancouver where he made many friends, was a member of the senior boys’ basketball team (called “Fly Hounds”), and was an avid reader.  He later attended Pacific Vocational Institute, Burnaby, BC and British Columbia Institute of Technology in Burnaby, BC for further education.

Jimmy worked for Canada Post Corporation (New Westminster Station) for over 30 years before retiring to pursue interests in travel, ballroom dancing, swimming, camping and the great outdoors. He loved his family including his four precious grandchildren.  He was a generous and loving man, father and dear friend who lived his life with courage and pure enjoyment.  Jimmy will be remembered in loving memory by his family and friends.

As per Jimmy’s wishes, a private family burial service will take place at Valley View Cemetery in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Arrangements entrusted to Can-Trust-Funeral Ltd.