Sebastian Harry Gregory Heemskerk

18/12/1998 - 02/06/2021

Obituary For Sebastian Harry Gregory Heemskerk

Sebastian Harry Gregory Heemskerk, of Grande Prairie, Alberta, passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Grande Prairie at the age of 22 years.

He was born December 18, 1998 in Vernon, BC, where he lived before moving to Northern Alberta 2009.

Sebastian was a delightful child and introspective young man who touched the lives of many people. He loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time hunting, fishing, and generally exploring with his dad. He also loved discussing history, current events, and anything interesting he could find out about the world with his mom. Those outside the family remember his special soul, kindness, cheekiness, kind eyes, sweet soul, beautiful smile, along with many other precious memories.

When Sebastian was a little boy he asked to be baptized, stating that he wanted to be part of God’s family and that he wanted Jesus to take all of his naughtiness away. Through more trials and tribulations than one of his years should have experienced, he always came back to this belief and we take comfort in the knowledge that he is now with Jesus face to face, never again to suffer from sickness, worry or confusion. While our hearts break for missing him we rest in the knowledge that we will see him again.

Sebastian will be sadly missed by his dad Tim, his mother Carmen (Pete), his big sister Avalon, his little sister Kalista and step brother Cameron. Mourning with them are his grandparents Harry and Terry, Greg and Angela, and great-grandparents Irvin and Loni, along with numerous aunts, uncles, step-siblings, cousins, nieces, and friends.

Due to public health restrictions the following will be by invitation only:

A Vigil will be held on Wednesday June 9, 2021 beginning at 4:00 pm onward (family friends and distant relatives are welcome to call or video call anytime that evening).

A Funeral Service will take place on Thursday June 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grande Prairie AB (please see public link below to join us virtually)

Interment with an outdoor service will take place on Saturday June 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Coldstream Municipal Cemetery, BC. which will also be livestreamed to (please see the link below)

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Lawrence Centre in Grande Prairie (

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

Memorial slideshow lovingly prepared by Sebastian's sister Kalista.

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11:00 AM
St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church
10404 102 St
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2W3
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10:00 AM
Coldstream Municipal Cemetery
7600 Howe Dr.
Coldstream, BC V1B 1A5
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My deepest condolences to your family you will be in peace my friend. Char
- Unknown
Dear Dear Cousin Carmen, Family and Friends of Sebastian, I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray that you all find peace and healing in the days ahead and always. You are all in my thoughts. Jill
- Jill
My deepest will be missed..was nice knowing you...Joanne 5south
- Joanne krysta
There are no words......Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you journey on with a very large hole in your heart, but many memories and special moments to cherish forever. Louise (Heemskerk) Henrickson
- Louise

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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.

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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  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.

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