At Brenneman's our goal is to support you through preparing for a funeral for your loved one every step of the way.
We offer a wide range of services to guide you and your family through this process.
Our goal is to tailor your experience to your needs.
We offer everything from a full traditional funeral to a simple cremation.
Pre-planning a funeral
What is a pre-arranged funeral? A pre-arranged funeral is a funeral arrangement made prior to death. It is a permanent record of your wishes for your own funeral or for the funeral of a person for whom you are responsible. Pre-planning for one's death is not a preoccupation with death, but a sincere desire to be helpful to those who are involved with saying their good-byes.
What is the purpose of a pre-arrangement? By planning ahead you can assure that your customs, beliefs and personal life style are reflected in your funeral. You can relieve your loved ones of the stress of making major decisions; most of which are irreversible; at a time when they are already dealing with the emotional tension of losing a loved one. It is important to know that your funeral reflects your wishes and not someone's uninformed judgment of what you might have wanted.
How do I make a pre-arrangement? The first step is to discuss this with your family, giving their ideas special attention. Since your funeral will most directly affect your family, it is essential to include their suggestions in your plans. The next step is to make an appointment at the funeral home. The discussion to follow will be an informed and honest conversation in which your wishes are expressed. It will include certain government regulations, services and merchandise required, costs involved and providing of statistical information. There is no charge for this service and there is no obligation to the funeral home.
Is pre-payment necessary? There is no requirement to pre-pay your funeral when you make your pre-arrangements. What are the advantages to pre-paying your funeral? As a sensible part of estate planning, by pre-paying your funeral the financial debt will not be left to your bereaved family. The principle and all interest remain on deposit until time of death. This guarantees the pre-paid services of the funeral home and selected merchandise are paid in full no matter when the need arises.
Where is my money invested and how is it protected? Brenneman Funeral Home is a member of Guaranteed Funeral Deposits of Canada. All funds are deposited into this fraternal organization and are held in trust in the name of the individual for whom the funeral services/supplies are to be provided until the death occurs. These funds are protected under the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation as well as by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario Compensation Fund and are subject to inspection by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario on an annual basis.
Can my funds be transferred to another Funeral Home? You may cancel your prepaid contract at any time and have your funds returned to you. If you move, your arrangements and funds can easily be transferred to another Funeral Home.
Children & Grief
Offering children a safe space to grieve and be involved in the funeral of a loved one is very important to us. At Brenneman’s we feel that children should be involved in the funeral of their loved one, in whatever capacity feels right to them. We have a variety of resources we can share with children and their families. It is equally important to us to ensure that the families of the loved ones get what they need out of the days to come after losing a loved one. As parents ourselves, we realize that it can be difficult to attend a funeral with children, and successfully meet their needs, as well as your own. We do our best to alleviate this struggle, by offering resources, and a lounge space that anyone can utilize. It is important that we all allow the time to grieve, and we accept that everyone grieves differently. It is important for us to recognize that the person who has passed may have been a large part of their world. Children need the grieving process just as much as adults do. Often times a child will ask questions that require an honest answer. Reassuring a child that this person lives on in our hearts and memories and talking about them after death is very normal and healthy. Encouraging communication about death and dying is the first step in understanding what death means to everyone. This type of open dialog will help us to better understand how to meet the needs of a grieving child.
Funeral Reception Luncheons
We have a comprehensive list of caterers available to meet your needs. Please contact us and we will help you to get in touch with one of our wonderful caterers.
Family Style Dinners
Between Visitation Services We know how overwhelming, and busy funeral visitations can be. Our goal is to do our best to make you and your family feel at home, and as comfortable as possible.
We offer a space for families to gather between afternoon and evening visitations to share a meal together before welcoming guests back for evening visitation. This gives families a time to refresh, and recenter.