Traditional Burial

Traditional Burial & Funeral Services in Edmonton, Alberta

Traditionally, the funeral will include a family or public viewing of the deceased. Viewing of the deceased, especially by the immediate family, is helpful in the process of accepting death and an important step in the process of resolution of grief. Following this will be the funeral service, typically held in the church or at the funeral home. The service is followed by interment either below ground (Earth Burial), above ground (Entombment in a Mausoleum) or cremation.

A member of the clergy may be asked to conduct the service or, in non-religious ceremonies, a funeral celebrant, family member or close friend is asked to speak. Often, a eulogy is delivered, hymns are chosen, special music is played, passages of scripture or poems are selected and presented, or special requests of the deceased are honoured.

Personalized service folders, memorial registers, flowers, candles, portraits, collage boards and video tributes have all become very popular in memorializing the deceased’s life during the service.

Talk to One of Our Pre-Planning Advisors To Prearrange Your or a Loved One’s Traditional Burial Ceremony

Here at Trinity Funeral Home, we know how hard it is to say goodbye to your loved ones. With our advanced planning services, you can ensure that your loved ones aren’t left with added financial stress during their time of grief and that your last wishes are well handled. Our pre-planning advisors have years of experience in sensitively guiding individuals through customizing a personal funeral plan and ensuring that their affairs are well taken care of.

No matter how simple or elaborate you want your traditional burial services to be, we are here to advise you every step of the way. Discuss with our preplanning advisors today and make the most of the time you have together with your friends, family, and loved ones.

Custom Cremation Options and Burial Services

Following the final viewing of your loved one, you may choose between interring your loved one below ground in a custom-selected casket, above ground in a mausoleum, or cremation. Trinity Funeral Home offers all of these services and can tailor them to your satisfaction at an affordable cost.

We also have a selection of caskets, urns, and cremation jewellery for loved ones and family members to choose from for internment to forever memorialize the departed.

We understand how difficult this process may be and will work with you to ensure the memory of your loved one is forever and properly commemorated.

Traditional Burial Service Fee


Includes the following:

  • Arrangement conference at our funeral home
  • Registration of death with Alberta Vital Statistics
  • Transfer from place of death (24-hour service) within 100KM of greater Edmonton
  • Composing of obituary and free posting to our website
  • Conferring with clergy to set date and time of funeral service
  • Conferring with organist and soloist
  • Conferring with florist to order and deliver floral arrangements
  • Conferring with cemetery to order opening & closing of the grave
  • Conferring with Alberta Wilbert for ordering and delivery of burial vault or liner
  • Embalming of deceased
  • Dressing & personal care of deceased
  • Funeral directors to conduct service in our chapel, your church, or other location
  • Funeral home equipment: book stands, flower racks, floral spray stands, reserved seating signs, donation envelopes
  • Committal service at cemetery
  • 12 statements of death
  • Clergy and cemetery permits
  • Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board fee


The following options may be added to the Traditional Funeral. Additional charges apply.

  • Casket
  • Funeral coach & pilot/service vehicle
  • Register book, memorial folders & memorial candle
  • DNA banking by Securigene
  • Limousine service (15 passenger Lincoln Navigator)
  • Floral arrangements
  • Funeral chapel, church or other facility for service
  • Evening service fees
  • Reception center, catering & hostess services
  • Clergy, celebrant or musician honorariums
  • Obituary in Edmonton Journal or Edmonton Sun (or other publication) – Lineage rate applies. Please ask your funeral director for current costs
  • Final Document Service
  • Memorial video tribute
  • Live streaming services
  • Cemetery fees (grave, perpetual care, opening/closing fees & outer receptacle)

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the basics of traditional funeral services?

Traditional funeral services typically involve the following:

  • Visitation or Wake: in which guests can come, pay their respects, and spend time with the grieving family
  • Funeral Service: typically held at our funeral home, a church, or the gravesite. The funeral service can involve literary readings, prayer, eulogies, and the singing of hymns to memorialize the deceased
  • Committal Service: also known as a graveside service is a formal ceremony in which takes place when the deceased is interred in one of three arrangements: burial below ground, interred above ground in a mausoleum, or cremated. The committal service includes the vehicle procession to the cemetery
  • Funeral Reception: this is the time to celebrate the life of your loved one and to share the memories you cherished while also providing support to family and friends

What are my options for grave markers and headstones?

During the plot selection process of the funeral arrangement, our funeral directors will provide you and your family with a list of resources and local companies that are able to customize a memorial monument to your liking. We will also work together with the cemetery to ensure that your selection fits what you have in mind— whether that is a grave marker for a single burial plot, double or companion plot, family plot, or an urn plot.

Grave markers can also be purchased and customized for internment into mausoleums, lawn crypts, and columbariums.

For more information, be sure to contact one of our funeral directors at (780) 474-4663.

What is a graveside service?

A graveside service, also called the committal service, is a formal ceremony that takes place at your loved one’s final resting grounds. This service typically happens following the funeral service and can involve one or two individuals saying a few words and the family members laying a special memento onto the casket. 

Do we need to have an obituary written?

Trinity Funeral Home covers the cost of composing an obituary and free posting to our website in our traditional burial service fee. We recommend that you have one written for your loved one so that it may inform and relay funeral service details to individuals who may want to come and pay their respects.

We can also post your obituary in local newspapers such as the Edmonton Journal and the Edmonton Sun at an additional cost. Please ask our funeral directors for more details.