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Helping Families And Friends Honour Their Loved Ones

Welcome to Winnipeg Memorial Services

Turning Points: Ceremonies Celebrating Life was launched in 2011. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba and working in surrounding communities our celebrants walk with families to create funeral, memorial, graveside or celebration of life services that are as unique as the person’s whose life has passed. Crafted and curated ceremonies which honours and celebrates the deceased life.

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Why Choose an Independent Funeral Celebrant?

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As an Independent Funeral Celebrant, I am free to design and conduct ceremonies which are religious, non-religious or anywhere on the continuum between these two opposites. I can incorporate the spiritual, humanist or the belief and value system of the deceased and/or their loved ones.
At Winnipeg Memorial Services we begin with a blank page. Our celebrant will spend time with you and your family. As the stories and memories are told, the regrets named, and the grief shared the blank pages fill. With patience and compassion, I will answer all your questions, provide appropriate suggestions and help you to sort through your ceremony options. I will curate a script that is truly sensitive to your needs and requests while honouring the life journey of the deceased person. On the day, I will ensure all pieces of the ceremony are in place, liaising with the Funeral Director and those participating in the ceremony sharing Words of Remembrance, offering Readings or singing.

Should Young Children Attend?

Our belief at Turning Points is, if a child is old enough to love then they are old enough to grieve. Children have an amazing capacity for wonder and awe. They believe in the next place. They believe all will be reunited when the time is right. Children also have vivid imaginations. If they do not attend their imaginations will fabricate something much worse than the kind sharing of stories, fellowship and caring support visible at both the funeral ceremony and reception.

Testimonials

"In my years of working with Jeannette, I found her to be very organized, personable, compassionate and flexible with the many families that needed her direction and comfort at the funeral of their loved one. My staff and I found Jeannette to be pleasant to work alongside. She was always comfortable dealing with even the most erratic and difficult families. In my more than 41 years in the funeral profession, I must say I wish more of the clergy I've worked with could have been as pleasant, capable and compassionate as Jeannette."

Rick C. Wiebe

Wiebe Funeral Homes Ltd.

"When I had to arrange a funeral Jeannette was there for me. She was very compassionate and caring and dealt well with the members of our family. She listened to my stories and gently asked questions about the life of our loved one. When I said I had written out some things I wanted to say she included it in the service - reading it for me, with feeling, because I felt I would be unable to do it myself. … helped us to arrange the table on which our foster daughter's remains would sit... our daughter's favourite colour was red so red was included.

The most memorable suggestion she offered was for me to carry our daughter’s urn out of the room at the end of the service. It felt like it was my last chance to "hold her" -- it was a very emotional moment. I would recommend Jeannette.... she truly produces ceremonies that celebrate life!"

June D

"Jeannette is truly gifted in pastoral care and can accept an intimate place among families who face the death of a loved one. She offers nurture, support, and healing."

Mary Lou S.

"Jeannette was extremely compassionate, caring and comforting while helping us plan for my mother’s funeral. She listened to our needs and plans and offered guidance and assistance when we needed it. She was very kind and gentle in her dealings with our family and was able to guide our family through a very difficult journey to provide my mother with the perfect ceremony of life. The service she organized was wonderfully personal and encompassed every detail we discussed."

Kel S.

"I have worked with or been a guest at many funerals Jeannette has officiated over. She has a gift of connecting with people… Her sincere and quiet spirit combined with her tremendous knowledge of the grieving process and spiritual healing, make her a perfect choice for any work relating to funerals."

Dena G.

"Jeannette did an amazing job with a Celebration of Life for my family. She took everyone’s input into consideration and customized a service that was unique and special. Thank you, Jeannette."

Julie D.

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Pre-Planning Seminars Testimonials

"I would highly recommend this seminar to anyone wanting to spare their loved ones the pain and stress of all the planning involved, in the event of their untimely passing. I am familiar with the holistic and empathetic work of Jeannette Brigit."

Lori F.

"Pre-planning allows me to protect my family from making difficult decisions in haste. I would highly recommend getting a start on pre-planning. I know my wife and I will be."

Anon