My dad in his desire to serve all of Kelowna’s needs showed great foresight in the construction of our building.
This – our main chapel – is one of three service room options that we provide for families here at Springfield. We also have more intimate settings for smaller groups, whereas this chapel here can easily accommodate up to 250 people with the overflow.
What happens here is the telling of the story of your loved one’s life. We at Springfield work hard to encourage your participation in that also. No one knew them as well as you did. When given that option, I’ve seen families come up with some amazing ideas. Even just a few months ago, I had a family come up with the idea of bringing dad’s motorcycles in. We’ve had a Harley Davidson parked up front. And then with the eulogies, the tributes, the personalization – everyone who came to that service had a good feeling for who that person was.
A recent renovation that we did here at Springfield was brought around by a realization that not always can families get together at the time when it’s needed. We’ve installed a web camera which allows us to web-stream the service online, allowing people to participate from all over the world. We’ve had a unique service just recently where a brother from Scotland actually was able to Skype and do part of the eulogy of his brother’s life, right here, on the main screen.
We are now also creating DVD tributes that are shown during a service, which really enhanced the eulogy portion of the funeral service.
We believe here at Springfield that a funeral needs to be a reflection of the person’s whole life. Belief is important and it should be part of the service, but there’s also the person’s values, their personality, their morals. Those are the aspects that we want to give thanks for when we have someone who has passed away. That is part of their life that is being carried out in our lives. It’s a time and place when we take out of our busy schedules to account of how did this life affect ours. Why are we who we are because of our parents, our loved one? How did they affect our lives? How do we take time out of our lives to even communicate that to the next generation about what really matters?