Ask the Funerals Expert – Rod Attwell


Ask the Funerals Expert – Rod Attwell

Plan A One Of A Kind Funeral, Part 2 of 6

Oliver’s believes in the importance of personalizing a service to beautifully reflect the life and personality of your loved one. In this six-part series we will share some of the services and specialty items we provide to families honor their loved one.

A personalized funeral service touches friends and families and celebrates a life well-lived. We at Oliver’s are pleased to help families plan a meaningful life celebration.

We work with you to create a service that truly reflects your loved one’s special qualities. That is our promise to you.

Readings of Sacred Scriptures, Poetry and Literature

Passages from your loved one’s favourite scriptures, books or poems that capture the essence of their life help create a service infused with wisdom and words to remember. You can also invite friends and family members to read passages or poems of their choice or write their own pieces to share.

Religion, Faith, Spirituality

Religion provides structure and guidance for grieving survivors. From protocols for cleaning and dressing the loved one to features of the funeral service to guidelines for memorial events, there are often specific religious frameworks for putting a loved one to their final rest.  We have absolute respect for these and are ready to work with you to make sure everything takes place as necessary. Use passages from your loved one’s favourite scriptures, liturgical practices, music or hymns.


Bagpipe music has roots in traditional Irish and Scottish funerals but has gradually become a tradition for firefighters and police officers as well. These days, bagpipes are commonly integrated into a service, playing tunes such as ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Danny Boy,’ adding a solemn, moving touch loved by many.

Next month we will explore how you can personalize the luncheon with favorite foods and the service with special clothing to remember and honor the life of your loved one.