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What you need to know about being a pallbearer

2021 March 26

The role of a pallbearer consists of carrying the casket from the funeral home to the hearse, and then from the hearse to the interment site for burial. This is a solemn duty, and if you’ve been asked to be a pallbearer, you may be nervous. Here are a few tips to guide you through the process.

6 Things Funeral Directors Want You to Know

2021 March 12

The average funeral director can provide a more extensive range of services than most people think. Indeed, the profession remains widely misunderstood. Here’s what funeral directors would like you to know about them.

A guide to secular funerals

2021 February 26

Secular or non-religious funerals are increasingly common. Many people don’t adhere to a formal religion, instead adopting more personalized forms of spiritual belief. Others identify as atheist or humanist, rejecting religious belief entirely. Here’s a brief guide to this type of ceremony.

5 Myths About Cremation

2021 February 05

Once considered an alternative method for taking care of a person’s remains, today cremation is chosen by approximately 75% of Canadians. Despite this, however, there are a number of myths surrounding the practice. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about cremation.

How to cope when you or someone you love is terminally ill

2021 January 26

Thanks to advances in medical science, contemporary families are frequently made aware when the illness of one of their members is terminal. Sudden demises are becoming increasingly uncommon, and oftentimes, doctors will even estimate the approximate time remaining for diagnosed patients. But coming to terms with a terminal diagnosis can be extremely difficult, and not just for the individual, but for all who love and care for them. Here are a few strategies that may help you navigate through this challenging time.

How to talk to your loved ones about their final wishes

2021 January 05

It goes against human nature to discuss our own mortality; however, the truth of the matter is that death eventually comes for us all. While it might seem like an uncomfortable concept to discuss post-death wishes with your loved ones, it’s actually a very important conversation to have.

Death abroad: what to do if a loved one dies away from home

2020 December 18

When a death occurs abroad, it can be very hard for the deceased’s friends and family members. In addition to grieving being made more difficult by the distance, the logistics of organizing even simple funerals can be overwhelming. Here’s a quick guide to the steps to take if someone close to you dies abroad.

How to seek comfort online after a love one passes away

2020 December 11

The Internet has revolutionized how people communicate with one another and many other things to boot. It’s even changed the way we view and deal with death. This is in part because those who pass on leave behind a digital footprint, but it’s not the only reason. The internet has also transformed the way we grieve. Here’s what you should know about being online after a love one passes away.

How to integrate music into a funeral service

2020 December 03

Music is inextricably tied to remembrance and recollection. It’s a traditional part of funeral services in many cultures and religions, and even when planning simple, individualized and nonreligious funerals, including music can be very important. Here’s what you should know and how to do it.

EMBALMING HISTORY AND TRADITIONS

2020 November 26

While the reasons for it vary, the preserving of human remains has been part of our funerary traditions for a long time. In modern times, embalming is common and often performed as a way to make the body suitable for viewing. Here’s a brief look at the history of embalming and how the practice evolved.

CEMETERIES RUNNING OUT OF SPACE

2020 October 31

As a city grows, so too does its need for space to bury the bodies of its deceased inhabitants. Toronto is no exception to this. In fact, it’s estimated that the city will run out of traditional casket burial space within the next 15 years. Here’s what you should know about this situation and which options you should consider when thinking about your final wishes.

Remembering a loved one with keepsake jewellery

2020 October 23

After the death of a loved one, it’s normal to feel an aching sense of emptiness in your life. You miss that special person and everything they represented to you, whether they were a partner, friend, parent or relative.

How to send condolences after someone has passed away

2020 October 16

When your friend, family member or colleague is affected by the passing of a loved one, sending condolences is a thoughtful gesture of comfort and support. However, many people are unsure how to reach out to the grieving party and worry about saying the wrong thing.

How to Help Your Children Grieve the Loss of a Loved One

2020 October 09

“Anyone old enough to love is old enough to grieve.” – Dr. Alan Wolfelt

How to choose funeral flowers by understanding their meanings

2020 October 02

Planning a funeral is a trying task with many particulars that need to be sorted. Among these details is the issue of flowers. As with all other aspects of funeral arranging, you have choices and there’s no one right way to do it. When considering flowers, know that there are two things you’ll need to decide: what arrangement(s) you want and what specific flowers to use.

Why Green Burials are the Not-So-New Trend in Funeral Arrangements

2020 September 25

Over the course of the past few decades, people are increasingly aware of the impact they have on the planet and many are actively searching for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. This includes doing things like recycling, reducing the use of plastics, and even choosing a green burial. Keep reading to learn more about how a green burial from a funeral home in Toronto can help the environment, and why it might be the right choice for you.

Comfort Food During Times of Grief: A Time-Honoured Tradition

2020 September 18

If someone you know has recently lost a loved one and you are not sure what you can do for that person, you are not alone. Many of us struggle to decide the best way to comfort a friend or relative who has lost someone close to them. While your heart goes out to this person, and you may promptly offer a sincere condolence message, there are several other ways to show your support and provide assistance. From helping the family with arrangements at a funeral home in Toronto to organizing Celebration of Life events, you can contribute significantly.

Celebration of Life – Honour the Life of a Loved One with Happiness, Laughter and Joy

2020 September 11

When someone you love passes, there are many ways in which you might mourn your loss and manage your grief. At the same time, other family members and friends also need an opportunity to grieve for this departed loved one. A traditional setting at your local funeral home in Toronto allows them to pay their respects through time-honoured traditions, in the presence of the body of the deceased. You also have the option to schedule a memorial service a few days after the burial or cremation. Not only does it give you the flexibility of picking a time and place of your choice, but it helps to uplift everyone’s spirits by focusing on positive memories of the departed person.

How to Talk to Young Children about the Concept of Death

2020 July 09

Death tends to surprise us even though it is a fact of life. Tough questions can leave you wondering how to talk to your young child about the greater concepts of death and dying. Perhaps you recently lost a family pet? Maybe a family member is terminally ill and you’ve been spending time caring for them? Often enough, your little one might just unexpectedly bring up the topic completely out of the blue. No matter what prompted the inquiry, here are a few important points to keep in mind when discussing this complex topic with young children.

Burial Programs for Veterans in Ontario

2020 June 25

Did you know that veterans in financial need can receive help covering the costs of their funeral and burial services from Veteran Affairs Canada? This federal program is administered through the Last Post Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that no veteran is denied a proper funeral or military headstone because of limited funds at the time of death.

Questions You Should Ask Your Funeral Director

2020 June 10

Funeral directors handle many aspects of after-life care, including preparation of the body and final disposition of the remains. They need to be licensed and typically act as representatives of particular funeral homes. In Toronto, Markham and surrounding parts of the GTA, there are a vast number of funeral directors offering their services. With so many choices, how do you find the right one? The answer is straightforward: interview several and choose the one that offers you the best combination of care and services. Always ask funeral directors you interview the following questions: 

How to Start a Memorial Fund for a Loved One

2020 May 30

After the death of a loved one, it may seem like nothing can alleviate the pain of the loss. One way to help deal with the death of a loved one is to establish a memorial fund in their name. Memorial funds honour the life of the deceased and provide survivors with an outlet for their grief by affording them the opportunity to invest time, energy and love in preserving the deceased’s memory.

Sending Sympathy Flowers—A Beautiful Tradition

2020 March 31

No Toronto Cemetery is Complete without these Floral Tributes!

What does a funeral director do?

2020 March 06

There are many things to be decided at the end of a life. From determining how to handle the deceased’s remains to selecting the flowers and casket, there are dozens of choices that need to be made. Guiding you through it all is the funeral director. He or she is there to take you through the process step by step, and make sure that none of the important details get missed. Here are some of the key areas that a funeral director will be able to assist you with, regardless of whether you’re making arrangements for a loved one, or proactively making your own end-of-life provisions.

Honoring Your Loved Ones with Wreaths for the Holidays

2019 December 09

As the holidays near, many of us are reminded of loved ones and friends who have passed on. Finding a way to recognize them during this time is a beautiful symbol of our remembrance and gives us an opportunity to memorialize their grave sites. Many people choose to do this with specially made wreaths. Not only does the circular floral arrangement symbolize this time of year, it’s also an appropriate adornment for your loved one in their Toronto cemetery.

How a Funeral Service Can Provide your Loved Ones with Closure

2019 November 27

For some people, an elaborate funeral can seem like an unnecessary expense or an unpleasant burden to place on those who survive you after you pass. You may consider forgoing a memorial service in an effort to save money, but in fact, by indicating that you don’t want a memorial service, you may be depriving your loved ones of their chance to properly say goodbye and find closure. Keep reading to learn why a funeral service at a reputable funeral home is the best way to provide your loved ones with much-needed closure.

Modern Funeral Etiquette: What to Expect at a North American Service

2019 November 19

If you’ve never been to a funeral, or are a new Canadian and unaccustomed to North American practices, the prospect of attending a burial or memorial service at a funeral home can be daunting. Each culture recognizes death differently, and in the Toronto area, funeral services may vary widely. However, there are definitely some general things you can expect.

How to Commemorate the Anniversary of a Death

2019 November 08

The anniversary of a loved one’s death can be an important occasion. People may experience all sorts of emotions around this time, and wonder if there’s an appropriate way to express them. Finding ways to commemorate a loved one’s death, or in some cases, their birthday, can help people recognize the positive impact the person had on the lives of those around them.

Our Eco-Friendly Cremation Technology—the First in North America!

2019 October 15

We at the Mount Pleasant Group would like you to know about our latest cremation technology that has not only the lowest carbon footprint in the Greater Toronto Area, but is the first of its kind in North America. With this cremation technology, we strive to ensure that your loved ones are honoured in the safest and most respectful way possible.

How to Deliver a Heartfelt Eulogy

2019 September 30

Delivering a eulogy is a significant way to honour a family member or friend who was important to you. If this is the first time you’re delivering this type of tribute, it can be hard to know what to say. At Mount Pleasant Group, many eulogies have been delivered in our Toronto and GTA funeral centres, and we can offer you guidance on writing and delivering a eulogy.

How different religions dictate different funeral practices

2019 September 17

Demonstrating proper funeral etiquette is important to avoid dishonouring the deceased’s memory or offending the family members in mourning. However, mourning rituals and funeral practices vary depending on religion, ethnicity and culture. What is customary to members of one faith may be viewed as inappropriate by members of another. Here’s a brief overview of different funeral customs by religion to help ensure you follow the right protocol when paying your respects.

Ways You Can Customize Your Casket

2019 September 03

If you’ve recently lost a loved one, or are preplanning your own funeral, you may want to take special care when choosing a casket. There are a wide variety of caskets available, in many different styles and materials. However, for a more personal and special touch, you might want to consider casket customization options available at the Mount Pleasant Group’s funeral centres in the GTA.

Coping with the Anniversary of a Death

2019 August 20

Everyone old enough to have lost someone special to them have those days. The holidays, when that song plays, birthdays or new events you know he or she would have enjoyed, or even unexpectedly on a nice sunny day, or when it rains, just like the day you heard that a loved one had died. Like a flood, the memories and feelings of loss are right there again.

Things to Consider When Scattering the Ashes of a Loved One

2019 August 07

The death of a loved one is a difficult time, both physically and emotionally. We know you have enough on your mind, so let us help lighten the load. We here at the Mount Pleasant Group make the cremation of your loved ones as respectful as possible. Our many locations in the Greater Toronto Area offer a variety of services when the time comes to pay your final respects. It’s important to respect the final wishes of those we love. Suppose a family member wanted to have their ashes scattered—where could you do it? Let our experts at the funeral home in Toronto show you how you can organize a service to properly scatter the ashes of a loved one. 

Demystifying Common Symbols from your Local Toronto Cemetery

2019 July 22

Some cemeteries house tombstones that are decades old, sometimes even closer to centuries. It’s a common trend to see various reoccurring symbols throughout the rows upon rows of different gravesites. Unknown to many people, these symbols carry a special significance and are far more than just a way to improve the aesthetics of a tombstone. At Mount Pleasant Group, we make your funeral arrangements as stress free as possible. Let our experts walk you through a few common historical symbols and what they mean:

Explore Toronto’s Cemeteries: Introducing “Find It At MPG”!

2019 June 25

Have you spent hours wandering around a cemetery in Toronto looking for a particular headstone? Did you find the grave that you were searching for, or were you forced to give up and try again another day? With the Mount Pleasant Group’s app, Find It at MPG, you can locate exactly what you’re looking for quickly and easily in any of its cemeteries. Keep reading to learn more.