Welcome to Bear Creek Funeral Home
Caring for each as our own
When Death Occurs
The following is a general guideline of what needs to be done within the first 24 hours after death.
Bear Creek Funeral Home owns and operates the only onsite crematorium in Grande Prairie. Cremation can be a lower-cost alternative to burial, and provides a great deal of flexibility in planning meaningful celebrations of life.
We take care of everything from start to finish… the service, the cemetery, the paperwork.
Hello And Welcome to Bear Creek Funeral Home
A unique quality of care.
No matter if a death is sudden, or if it something that was a long time coming, the loss of a loved one makes us feel emotional and overwhelmed.
When you walk through our doors, our family cares for yours like we would our own.
At Bear Creek Funeral Home, we practice a family-centered approach. As a family-owned funeral home, we answer to you, not to shareholders, so you can trust that we will take the time to understand what is important to each family that walks through our doors.
Our custom-built facility is tailored to meet the needs of today’s celebrations of life as well as traditional cultural and religious rites. We treat each as our own and strive to offer families the best care possible during their most challenging times in life.
What Our Families Have To Say
"They are very compassionate and supportive. Held space with the family and their presence provided comfort and peace through some of the toughest times. They are angels."
Cindy Fiddler Morgan
"I met with Doug to discuss my Mom’s arrangements which had already been pre-paid but in another city. He advised me what was best to do when the need arises. His help in sorting out what was covered and how to access it was so valuable. Very comforting knowing everything is covered when she passes. Great service & caring staff."
"I can't even touch the surface of how compassionate Bear Creek Funeral home was during the most difficult pain from losing our son so young and sudden. They took the worry of having to make arrangements right off our shoulders. They treated our son with the utmost respect. You will forever be in our hearts. Special angels here on earth."
Cynthia Kirk Bujold
"They do an excellent job thank you. "
"I was so fortunate, yesterday, that Eunice had some time to tour me through their new facility! What a beautiful space. I am so delighted for Doug and Eunice and indeed everyone in the Peace Country who will be blessed with this trinity: the halls, the shop and the Funeral Home. National preeminence is on the horizon - setting the Canadian standard at a new level of excellence. Congratulations!"
"Thank you so much for everything you have done to help us get through the worst time in our lives. Your kindness, and compassion was heartfelt. Visiting with Petey was a blessing, and I want to particularly thank you for the rush on getting our necklaces to us so quickly. God Bless you all, thank you again."
Annette Couiyk Whillier
"My family and I want to thank you for your kindness, concern, and efforts during the recent passing of our father... We genuinely appreciate your manner in handling the many details surrounding his funeral arrangements. Your courtesy and professionalism will be remembered in our family, and recommended to others. We are especially grateful for the final opportunity of closure."
"Thank you so much Karleigh, and your wonderful team there! I couldn’t have asked for a more pleasant and professional experience to purchase my glass piece which I will treasure for always! Right down to the little bag that my grandparents’ ashes came back in, so much etiquette and respect! Nana and papa are home! Thank you! "
"Thank you so very much for the final extra touches to the "Yukon" condolence message for John. You -- or you and your IT techs -- have exceeded my most optimistic hopes in your adjustments. The attached print screen shows a grander version of the names of my husband and me on the side of the message than I had anticipated. My husband is very impressed by the extra thoughtfulness and technical expertise of copying our "full signature" up from the bottom of the message. We wish good health, safety, and kind blessings to you and everyone at Bear Creek Funeral Home. Thank you again for the extremely important and much appreciated assistance all of you provided for John and to my family."
Chrys Antaya (and Jefferson Olson)
"Bear Creek has been amazing for our lost family members and friends over the years ."
Wendy Whitman Doucet
"Karleigh & Heather took very good care of me with the passing of mom. Kind, patient. Answered all the questions even the ones I was unsure about. From the moment they answered the phone I felt very secure in leaving my mom in their hands. Karleigh thank you for including Kasper and Adrian in this journey meant a lot to us, thank you. You made all my last arrangements with my mom so pleasant and set my mind at ease I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done."
"I had the pleasure of working with Jen there… she went above and beyond x5- she really helped everyone be able to grieve a bit better."
"Thank you so much, you guys are great. And your services are so much appreciated, we had an amazing experience dealing with you guys and will forever be grateful. I have even considered doing a career change, to help people the way you guys do!"
"Thank you, Doug, Jennifer, Heather, Kolton, Cassie, & anyone else I forgot who helped with the planning & presentation of Mom`s funeral/celebration. We were very impressed at your professionalism & attention to detail. Everything was above & beyond what we had expected, and we cannot thank you enough. Relatives in Australia, England & BC all commented on how wonderful the livestream quality was- we will cherish this video forever ♥ We will recommend your top-notch business to everyone we know. Thanks again "
Tammy & Rob Twelvetree
"To everyone at Bear Creek Funeral Home, Thank you for the excellent service you provided for my Dad’s funeral. Thank you for your professionalism and for your caring. All the extra details like the card box, the large memorial display with his name and picture on it, and the glass memento with his name and fingerprint on it all added to the caring and considerate atmosphere that surrounded the service. The concern you displayed for my mother and all of us put us at ease and helped us all through the day. Thank you for all the paperwork done on her behalf."
"We wish to thank you for being so understanding and kind to us during this difficult time. We appreciate you working with us on our busy schedule to make the proper arrangements. To Jen, the Family of Bear Creek Funeral Home, you will always be appreciated and in our kindest thoughts."
Janna and Emma
"Thank you so much for all your help, kindness, and support. You all made this step easier for me to handle."
"Jennifer & Staff, My family & I would like to let you all know how very much we truly appreciate all that you have done for us. From beginning to end, you were always so kind and compassionate. You addressed all of our concerns & questions and took care or every detail surrounding my dad’s funeral with dignity. Not to mention, the level of patience and understanding you showed along the way. You helped ease our worries by handling all aspects in planning his funeral and made an extremely difficult time a little more bearable. My dad was shown the honour and respect he so deserved & we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. The courtesy and professionalism from all the staff at Bear Creek Funeral Home will forever remain invaluable and always remembered. Bless you all!"
Lisa Jamie Coulter and family
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a funeral?
A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.
What type of service should I have?
If no pre-arrangements have been made, the type of service is entirely up to you. Services are usually held at a funeral home, community hall, or a place of worship. There is a wealth of different services, ranging from a traditional religious or military service to something a little more non-traditional. Our funeral directors are more than happy to work with you to figure out what would be the most appropriate.
Who are Funeral Directors and what do they do?
Funeral directors are in charge of all the logistics following a death. They complete all the necessary paperwork, make arrangements for the transportation of the body, and put into action the choices made by the family in regards to the funeral service and the final resting place of the body. Beyond the logistics, funeral directors are there to provide moral support and guidance for someone coping with death.
What if a death occurs away from my home town?
We are here to help, we can arrange to have your loved one transported home from anywhere in the world. We will assume responsibility and make the proper arrangements to have them returned to the community. We use the same organization that brings our military home when needed.
What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?
Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body; it also slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by traumatic death or illness. Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows the family the option of having an open-casket viewing.
What do I do if I am not satisfied with the way a funeral was handled?
Funeral homes and funeral professionals in Alberta are licensed by the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board. If you are unhappy with the way a funeral was handled or the actions of a funeral home in Alberta, you may speak with or proceed with a complaint process to seek resolution of the matter. More information is found at http://www.afsrb.ab.ca/ or by phone at (780) 452-6130
How much does a funeral cost?
The cost of the funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$7,000, however, it varies greatly depending on the kind of service you desire. In general, cremation tends to cost less than burial. The costs include professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of a facility for the ceremony, and the purchase of a casket or urn.
Can I personalize a funeral?
Of course you can, in fact, more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honour your wishes.
Do we need to have an obituary notice and what is included in one?
It is highly recommended to have an obituary notice that’s either placed in a local newspaper or placed online. An obituary lets the public know that a death has occurred, and gives them information about the service. Obituaries generally include the deceased’s full name, age, city, and date of birth and the city they were living in when they died. It also includes the name of the deceased’s spouse, along with the names of anyone else significant in their lives, such as parents, children or grandchildren. Space may be limited in a newspaper obituary, but you may include a little blurb on the life and legacy of the deceased. An online obituary or memorial website offers you the chance to add a lot more about the deceased.
What happens if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
We are here to help, funeral directors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
Do I need to have an embalming
No, embalming is often an unnecessary expense, even if a viewing is desired. There are times when we would recommend embalming, especially if there is an extended gap between death and burial or cremation.
Why are funerals so expensive?
Funerals are labor intensive and require a lot of work from a lot of people. The cost of a funeral goes beyond merchandise such as caskets, it includes the services of a funeral director in making the necessary arrangements, filling out forms, and dealing with all the other people involved in the death (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies). Funeral directors work an average of 40 hours per funeral. The cost of operating a funeral home is factored into the cost as well. Funeral homes are a 24 hour operation, with extensive facilities that need to be maintained and secured.