Obituaries

Helen Carol Holcroft

25/12/1936 - 30/12/2020

Obituary For Helen Carol Holcroft

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our Mom Helen Carol Holcroft on December 30th, 2020 at the Spirit River Health Complex at the age of 84.

Mom was a quiet soul who loved her family, gardening and those darn geese that followed her everywhere. In her younger years you would find her outside barefoot planting her flower and vegetable gardens enjoying the sunshine and the soil between her toes. She loved to host her reunions surrounded by her children, grandchildren and any other neighbors that came by. Her other favorite passion was her “show” Coronation Street, the only soap opera she enjoyed watching all these years, us kids knew well enough that we had better be very quiet when that came on. Mom did not get mad very often but if she called you by your first and middle name you knew you were in trouble and you better listen! She worked in the Dietary Department of the Grande Prairie Auxiliary Hospital and then the QE ll Hospital until she retired, she loved every minute of it and enjoyed all her co-workers.

As life and arthritis took its toll on her body and she did not get around as well, Mom was still an independent lady living alone right up till the end she never wanted it any other way. She was always there for her children, we were blessed to have her as our mother, she will be missed by us all.

Helen is survived by her children Pam (Kim) Robin, Robert (Lesley) Holcroft, Cindy (Victor) Hachey, Lisa (Taud) Schall and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Predeceased by her husband Robert, her eldest son Rick, granddaughter Tammy Bilan and her siblings Tom, Don, Nellie and Glorian.

“I am at peace, my soul
At rest
There is no need for
Tears
For with your love I
Was so blessed
For all those many Years.”

Author Unknown

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions we have decided there will be no celebration of life for Mom at this time.
We would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses at Spirit River Hospital for their wonderful care and compassion they gave Mom. We would also like to thank our many friends and family for their kind words and prayers through this difficult time, just know that you are all appreciated. In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice or just a kind gesture to a stranger. Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home.

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Sending our condolences. Have so many good memories and shared so many laughs with the Holcroft Family. Not only neighbors but Very special friends.💓 Gerald and Gloria
- gloria ryan
Our condolences to you all. Have lots of good memories and shared many laughs. Very special neighbors who will never be forgot. 💓Gerald and Gloria
- gloria ryan
So sorry to learn of the loss of your mom Cindy and family...my condolences - Sandra Sopko
- Sandra Sopko
Thinking of you all at this time. Love from Suzy Wakelin Quinn
- Suzy Quinn
Deepest condolences 💗 the lose of a mother is the most profound. Debbie Bredeson
- Debbie Bredeson

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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.

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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.

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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.

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