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May 27, 2018 - 12:00am Updated: May 28, 2018 - 11:29am

Planning a funeral is not easy. For 25 years, Gray’s Funeral Chapel have been helping make those decisions a bit easier.

Drew Gray founded the business in 1993 on three key principles: Sensitivity, compassion, and respect.

“We treat someone here like you would treat someone when you welcome them to your home,” said Drew Gray, owner and general manager of Gray’s Funeral Chapel. “We will walk you through the process and help you to make those tough decisions.”

They offer both pre-need and at need services. Planning your own funeral is not something that most people enjoy doing however it can help spare your family from making tough decisions at an emotional time. Pre-planning is the best way to choose how you're remembered, it can ease the emotional and financial burden on your loved ones and it allows your family to know what your final wishes are.

In the case of immediate need, Gray’s can be contacted 24 hours a day. They are sorry to hear about your loss and can provide advice on the steps you need to take after the death of a loved one. You can either visit their website and send them information about your loved one from the comfort of your own home or you can contact them directly at 306-922-4729.

“No matter whether it’s anticipated or not, a death can occur after a person has been in long term care for a specific amount of time or it can occur unexpectedly, but in every instance it’s a devastating hit,” said Gray. “It is difficult to make decisions when you don’t have a clear head so part of our responsibility to our clientele is being that clear head for them.”

A funeral is an important step towards healing for everyone who is affected by the loss of a loved one.. The grieving process is different for each individual but having friends and family around you at a difficult time is important.

At Gray’s Funeral Chapel, they walk their clients through the process of making a funeral meaningful. Close family and friends know their loved ones best and they will work with you to create a memorial service that will pay a fitting tribute. 

When planning a funeral you will need to decide if you want your loved one to be buried or cremated. Their staff can help you make that decision.

If you decide burial they will assist you in deciding whether you want to have a viewing and whether you want it to be public or private. They will also assist you in arranging for a cemetery plot.

If you choose cremation they will help you with similar decisions. One of the biggest changes they have seen over their 25 years is the rise in popularity of cremation.  60 per cent of families now choose cremation. Even the choices in the method of cremation has changed. BioCremation is the newest method. It’s a ‘green’ alternative to traditional flame cremation. The process uses significantly less energy.  It uses liquid instead of fire and it doesn’t put pollutants like carbon dioxide and mercury into the air.

Gray’s Funeral Chapel, celebrating 25 years in service to Prince Albert and North Central Saskatchewan.

Location: 575 28th St West. They can be contacted by calling 306-922-4729.

To view their website click here.

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