Planning Ahead

A funeral should be a reflection of a person’s life, a final tribute that will leave surviving friends and loved ones with memories they can treasure for years to come. Many people determine their funeral reception and memorial service details prior to their death alongside their loved ones, to ensure their wishes are met and that their family members do not experience unnecessary anxiety, inconvenience and expense.

Pre-planning a Funeral

Planning a funeral can be a lot of work, but making those arrangements ahead of time allows you to consider all of your options and make sure that you’re not missing any important or necessary details.

If you’re still unsure if you should pre-plan your final arrangements now, here are some of the most important reasons why planning your funeral and reception ahead may be the best option.

1. It’s Easy To Do
Simply call or meet with a member of our staff at our Calgary funeral home to put your plan in place. Anyone can create a plan, at any stage in their life, and you can make changes any time you wish. Our professional staff counsels people just like you every day, explaining all of the options and choices that are available.

2. You Get To Decide
Pre-planning lets you create your own unique life celebration and funeral reception, if you choose to have one. Including your family in the planning process can help them feel connected to you both in life and in death, and allow them to take comfort in knowing that your arrangements reflect your desires.

3. Relieve your Family’s Burden
Pre-planning reduces the burden on your family of planning a funeral during a difficult time. It allows them more time and energy to focus on healing and remembrance. Pre-planning also reduces conflict so family members do not need to struggle to determine your final wishes

4. You Can Even Pre-Pay
Pre-payment saves you money by protecting you from inflation and price changes. We deposit all pre-payments into financial institutions that are approved by the AFSRB (Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board) where it remains until needed. Pre-paying also provides peace of mind for your family, who won’t have to figure out your funeral expenses when the time comes. An added benefit is that these funds remain outside the estate, which eliminates taxation and makes things easier for your Executor who is responsible for the payment of your funeral otherwise.

Monthlysemi-annual or yearly payment plans are available to suit any budget. You will be pleased to note that a pre-paid funeral will lock in the cost against future inflation. One of Country Hills Crematorium’s Pre-planning Counselors or one of our Funeral Directors would be pleased to offer you more information on any of our Pre-planning products.

Call our office at 403-274-0576 for more information.

You can also read our blog on Why You Should Pre-Plan here.

What If I Move?

We keep a record of your pre-planned arrangements and all pre-payments. Pre-need Insurance accounts can easily be reassigned to any funeral home across Canada.

Where Do I Start?

First, check out our pre-planning checklist below to help you consider all your options and the possibilities. You can then schedule a time with our pre-planning counselor to discuss your options and put your plan together.

Pre-planning Checklist

The following checklist will help you create your personalized end of life plan.

General Considerations

  • Identify the responsible person who will carry out your wishes
  • Make note of any special instructions you desire for your services and final disposition
  • Gather personal information for your obituary

Funeral or Memorial Service

  • Choose burial or cremation
  • Choose a funeral location and the type of service
  • Decide if you’d like to have a visitation or viewing
  • Select a casket or cremation container and an urn
  • Select photographs and memorabilia you’d like to display
  • Consider any customs, traditions or religious rites that are important to you and your family
  • Choose the clothing you’d like to be dressed in
  • Select any music and hymns you’d like played
  • Choose photographs and design your stationery and memorial register book
  • Brainstorm any additional ways you’d like to personalize the services or pay tribute to your accomplishments, hobbies, personality and life story


  • Choose a clergy member or officiator to preside over the service
  • Select any musicians who you would like to play at the service
  • Select casket bearers
  • Choose friends or family members to perform the eulogy, share scripture or prepare a tribute


  • Choose a cemetery (your funeral director can help guide you)
  • Consider if you would like an upright headstone or a flat memorial
  • Choose a burial plot or space in a mausoleum
  • Select the design and inscriptions for the grave marker


  • Consider the many options for the final disposition of the cremated remains
  • Decide if you’d like your remains to rest in a burial space or columbarium
  • Or determine if your ashes will be scattered or if a loved one wishes to keep the urn at home
  • Or choose to utilize scattering gardens for cremated remains

Remember that there’s no need to make all of the decisions right away, and that the purpose of pre-planning is to allow yourself to take the time you need when considering your options and making the choices that are right for you. For personalized assistance in creating your plan, consult one of our experts by contacting us to schedule a one-on-one meeting.