Kitching, Steepe & Ludwig Funeral Home provides a full range of funeral services to suit your wishes. A listing of our services can be found in our Price List which is in pdf format and may be downloaded from our Products page.
Our services include either burial or cremation arrangements, funeral or memorial services, visitation or informal gatherings, on-site receptions, or our full range of services available at a location of your choice. They are typically itemized as follows:
Basic Professional Fees
Professional consultation with licensed personnel, which may include but is not limited to, expert advice on options to meet your needs, including essential services relating to disposition, drafting notices, planning scheduling of services, advising regarding possible government benefits. A Basic professional fee is payable whenever we provide services to you.
Coordinating Rites and Ceremonies
Co-ordination of all rites and ceremonies, before, during and after they have been provided, including services and supplies provided by us, as well as those provided by third party suppliers, such as flowers and death notices.
Completion and filing of all documents necessary to carry out the services and supplies requested, including, but not limited to, death registration, burial permit, coroner’s certificate for cremation, documentation necessary to ship the deceased out of the country. As part of this service, we will provide you with proof of death certificates; such certificates are usually accepted for most estate settlement purposes, but sometimes a provincial Death Certificate will be necessary and is available from the Office of the Registrar General.
Transport Remains – Basic
Transportation of the remains from one place to another, for example the hospital to our premises, or from our premises to the cemetery or crematorium using a transfer vehicle, for distances not exceeding 50 km.
Basic Preparation (Requires Facilities for preparation/embalming/shelter)
The preparation of the deceased for placement into the casket, including bathing, dressing and the setting of facial features for identification or viewing without embalming.
Embalming (includes basic preparation of remains)
Embalming is the process of replacing blood and bodily fluids with chemical preservatives. It is a process of sanitation, restoration and temporary preservation. Embalming is not legally required, but may be recommended to preserve the body between the time of death and the visitation or disposition of the deceased. Our professional funeral directors will make a recommendation based on the condition of the body and expected service needs.
Staff Services – Visitation (On-site/Off-site)
Staff to coordinate and oversee the Visitation (informal gathering) at our premises. If the visitation takes place at an off-site location, an equipment charge and additional staff services charges will apply in lieu of facility fees.
Staff Services – Ceremony
(On-site/Off-site) Staff to coordinate and oversee the Ceremony or Memorial at our premises. If the Ceremony or Memorial takes place at an off-site location, an equipment charge and additional staff services charges will apply in lieu of and equivalent to facility use fees.
Staff Services – Reception
Staff services in preparation for, during, and after the Reception time.
Staff service provided to plan, lead, host and coordinate the details of the Service or Ceremony.
Facilities – Preparation/Embalm/Shelter
Facilities used to prepare, embalm and/or shelter the deceased; this charge applies whenever the deceased is in our facility for any purpose.
Facilities – Visitation
A room or rooms for the reception of family or friends during the Visitation period which includes use of a coffee lounge.
Facilities – Ceremony
Use of our chapel and equipment for one hour prior to the Funeral Service in addition to the service time.
Use of reception facilities following the Funeral Service or Ceremony including hot and cold refreshments, dishes and napkins.
Vehicles – Lead/Clergy/Interment
A vehicle used to drive the clergy where necessary and/or to escort the funeral procession to the place of final disposition and/or to meet the family for a graveside service.
Vehicles – Limousine
A limousine to accommodate family or pallbearers on the day of the Service or Ceremony.
Vehicles – Subsequent transfer of remains
A vehicle for transfer of the deceased to the place of Service or Ceremony and/or the cemetery or crematory.
Vehicles – Utility Van
A general purpose vehicle to transfer equipment or flowers to the place of the Service or Ceremony and/or to the cemetery or other local delivery location.
Equipment for Off-site services
The provision of funeral equipment for Visitation and/or Ceremony provided off-site.
The removal and disposal of a pacemaker when required prior to cremation.
Typical Arrangement Options
A) Full Services: Visitation hours and Ceremony on separate days
B) Full Services: Visitation and/or Ceremony on same day
C) Private Family Goodbye
D) Simply Cremation
We are available to meet with you to discuss arrangements in our family room or in the comfort of your own home.
All of our services include our complimentary Family Care program to assist you with the many details that need to be completed after the funeral as well as a complimentary Tribute to Life dvd that captures the memories of a lifetime.