End of Life Services
Newly opened is Heritage Gardens, located at 19082 16Ave. Surrey, BC 604-538-0074
You have more choice about yourself or your loved one than you may realize.
Celebration of Life
A personalized service honouring the wishes and needs of the deceased and their loved ones, using rich symbolism such as a Memorial Candle Lighting, eulogies, poetry readings and illustrating unique aspects of the deceased – truthful, loving, honest and uplifting
An in-home service honouring recently departed care home residents allowing fellow residenta a way to pay tribute and say farewell. Typicallyu honours multiple residents at one ceremony, with individually personalized tributes. Service format customized to suit each individual care home
A personalized sacred ceremony for the disposition of cremains at the location of your choosing: at sea, in a forest, near a lake or in a montain meadow.
A unique service for the families of individuals who pass at home. Kim will attend the home to perform a tribute and/or blessing while the deceased’s body is still present.
Hospice and Palliative Care
Many family members find it difficult to plan for After-Life Ceremonies while their loved one is still alive. By contrast, those facing death often find it therepeutic to discuss the details of their end-of-life ceremony. Bridging that gap, Kim will meet with the individual to carefully and compassionately listen to their final requests.
Has someone recently passed and did they or do you want a ceremony to celebrate their Life? There are times when an individual and their families would prefer to have a gathering to celebrate their life, rather than the traditional funeral.
At our first meeting, where would you be more comfortable – in your home or any other familiar place? Let’s meet so that I can learn about your loved one and create a personal ceremony for them, learn about their contributions and how they have touched the lives of others.
Their actual ceremony could be anywhere. Did your loved one like a particular sport like tennis or perhaps they enjoyed nature and parks? Perhaps something simple on the water might be perfect for their final tribute.
On Saturday September 26th 2020 at 1:00 the family bid farewell to their Mum, sister, Grandma and friend. Dixie passed away almost a year ago October and so the farewell in her honor was a long time in coming.
Despite the inclement weather a small group gathered at Bear Creek Park in Surrey to say good-bye. Dixie was present in her Urn upon a table which was front and centre with flowers and a photo display of her long life. The service began and ended with a traditional Bell Ringing. Although unorthodox, the deceased loved Disney and so a part of the ceremony included a Disney poem which began “….Spaghetti noodles trapped Between doggie lips – In Lady and the Tramp….”. At the conclusion her son was able to read a beautiful tribute written by of Dixie’s best friends.
A sweet service and lots of love was evident.
“Thank you, Kim. Your eulogy was spot on. The poems you picked out were perfect. Everyone praised you in a perfect manner! Would have hugged you pre-Covid”!
On July 11th a dear Mother (Marg), a mother-in-law, Aunt, sister, Grandma and good friend to many was reunited with her dear husband at Ocean View Cemetery at 1:30 in the afternoon under a canopy and cloudy skies. The attendees consisted of Marg’s 4 children, their 3 spouses and one grandson. The family helped me to choose 3 lovely poems honoring the Mother they had lost and their grief at such a sad farewell. The love for this dear lady was palpable and despite the small gathering the service was gentle, calm and healing.
Marg’s Urn was surrounded with a beautiful display of long stemmed colorful roses, which as a gardener, Marg would have a appreciated
Blessings and love to her and to all who knew her.
“When our mother passed away during the time of strict Covid-19 restrictions, our family nevertheless felt a need to gather and to lay her ashes to rest. Kim met with the family in advance and helped us plan an intimate graveside interment for the closest family members. She listened carefully as each one of us expressed our thoughts about our mother and our wishes for the respectful goodbye we were seeking to process our grief. She suggested some poetry and biblical passages that appropriately captured our mother’s kind nature and love for her family. At the graveside, Kim incorporated the family’s wishes in a sober, yet lovely ceremony, and she offered some well-chosen words of comfort. It was exactly the healing gathering we needed, combining both religious and secular elements. At Kim’s suggestion, we each said a final goodbye to our beloved mom with a rose.
Thank you, Kim, for creating this memorable occasion to honor our mother!”
It is always difficult to cope with loss never mind the sudden and unexpected death of a friend or family member. On a cloudy autumn afternoon we laid to resta father, husband, brother, uncle and friend in an urn internment at Valley View Cemetery. Forty to fifty people gathered to show their respect and love. Most everyone had an opportunity to add a pink carnation to the site and say a gentle good-bye. Bagpipes were played at the end of the ceremony before the Celebration of Life ceremony at Guildford Golf Club.
“Ms Evans truly captured and honored my father’s spirit. She carefully considered our family dynamics and created and delivered a thoughtful Eulogy. She is very creative in her approach and offered many unique recommendations specific to our family’s values. I highly recommend Ms Evans as celebrant.”
Creating Ceremony Across the Miles
It’s not everyday that a Life Celebrant is asked to coordinate and communicate between two different countries yet Kim did not hesitate in helping us from across the miles. My Canadian husband passed away in Australia and his life was to be celebrated in Canada. Amidst the grief, Kim sensitively listened to the stories and memories that we wished to include, guided us in the necessary practicalities of holding a memorial, and drafted a beautiful ceremony. When I stood to honor my husband’s life with my own eulogy, Kim stood alongside me throughout. I was not alone. It is now six months since the memorial and when I reflect back on our small and intimate service I remember a feeling of peace and lightness, and gratitude for this opportunity to gather in honor of my husband’s life. Sunnova Knox