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Episode Info: Have you ever attended a funeral that was different than what you’ve come to expect? Will your service incorporate traditions from your family’s culture? Cultural traditions preserve our family history and shape our personal identity, from the day we are born until time for our funeral. Different cultures have different traditions for creating memorial services for their loved ones lost. Are you aware of the various cultural funeral traditions that exist in Vancouver? If you want to know more about cultural funeral traditions, then listen to this episode of Forever in their Hearts, where host Erik Reynolds talks with Valerie Martell, Director of Operations for Martin Brothers Funeral Services about the topic based on her first-hand knowledge. Funerals allow us to pay our respects to a loved one who has passed away. This podcast is an opportunity to learn how different cultures memorialize their departed family and friends. When You Aren’t Sure What to Do Next at a Funeral Valerie kicks off the episode by addressing what the best thing to do is if you’re attending a funeral service but do not know about the specific traditions. Next Valerie offers a suggestion for those whose beliefs are compromised by a tradition, or are unsure how to respond to funeral rituals that offer an opportunity to participate in a tradition. When attending a funeral, it is important to remember that you are there to pay your respects to the deceased. Can you see how making this a priority can help at this type of service? Interesting Funeral Traditions Then Valerie talks about some interesting ways that certain religions or cultures conduct funerals. During this episode she addresses questions like: Do interesting traditions take place within North America? What are “grave goods” and does this practice happen in Canada? Are coffins shaped pretty much the same in all parts of the world? Now ask yourself these two things: Do I plan to request cultural funeral traditions? Am I ready to save my family the hassle of trying to guess what I want at my service? If you answered “Yes” to either or both of these questions, then it’s time to visit Martin Brothers’ website, listed below. Altering Funeral Traditions from Other Cultures Next you’ll hear Valerie share how funeral traditions might be al
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