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With over ten years of experience in the funeral industry, Lauren works with families to plan meaningful and affordable funeral arrangements both at the time of need and for those wishing to plan in advance.
Office Manager & Celebrant
I am a Celebrant with PrairieView Chapel & Crematorium. I drove to Kelowna BC to take this training through InSight Certified Celebrants , a program developed by Doug Manning and now taught by daughter Glenda Stansbury. Doug saw the need for funeral services to be personalized and designed to be meaningful tributes.
I worked in the Financial Industry for 36 years and took an early retirement in 2013. I worked with Executors regarding Estates in some of my time there. I was comfortable with grief, talking and listening to people is something I am told I have a gift. Although a sad time, you would hear some wonderful stories of those that had passed.
I only relaxed for two months before I began working part time at Family Pet Cremation Services. I have been full time office manager for four years now, which is in the same office as PrairieView Chapel & Crematorium. I am the face that people see when they walk in the door and I ensure that they are comfortable whether they have lost a rabbit or their grandma. A Funeral Director will be called upon for any funeral details for the grandma. I will look after the needs for the bunny.
I facilitate the Pet Loss Support group twice a month at the Edwards Family Centre and provide grieving pet owners a listening ear when they need it.
My Dad, Wes Ashwin, was ( and still is) an inspiration for me to take the Celebrant training. He passed away unexpectedly July 2018 at the age of 94. He was a United Church minister and along with other duties , he did “celebrant-like” funerals. Everyone wanted Dad to live long enough to bury them. His funerals celebrated their lives. That is what I would like to do! A life lived, has a story to tell; friends and family want to hear it and I want to help you . Their life journey does not have to end.. it can continue in words.
Blair is our Crematorium Site Manager and Technician with a wealth of experience and expertise in the industry.