Gerelus has been in funeral service for 29 years, and continues to be driven by
her passion to assist families in their time of need. Her passion began with intrigue about the
concept of death while she was a student at Brandon University, majoring in
Psychology and minoring in both Sociology and Religion. While attending the funeral service for a
close elderly neighbour Shauna decided that funeral service was the career path
she needed to pursue. In 1991 she
graduated as a Funeral Director and Embalmer from the Western School of Mortuary
Practice and has since worked with The 110 Group. She finds working with families very
rewarding and genuine.
and her partner Cliff have one daughter and they enjoy time riding their
As a young
man, Rick Thom was impacted by the death of his mother and wanted to be able to
assist others as they went through the grief process. The memories he carries
on how his family was assisted when his mother passed away still gives him
reason to minister into the lives of the families he serves.Rick has heart for the people he serves and
listens to the families as they share their stories.He strives to assist them in planning a
funeral that will honour the life of their loved one.
working with Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service in 1977, is a licensed Funeral
Director and Embalmer, having graduated from the Western School of Mortuary
Practice.Rick has also completed
numerous continuing education courses to better support the families he serves.
his wife Wendy, who is the pastor of the Shoal Lake Baptist Church, have
resided in Shoal Lake since 1988 and have two married sons and have three grandchildren whom they love to spend time with.
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We believe the funeral service is important and vital to the grief healing process. We are committed to supporting the health and well-being of the families we serve, the community and our staff.
During this time we want to assure our families that we will remain open and available to meet families. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and by alternative means such as phone, text, email and video conferencing.
All services, currently scheduled will proceed in accordance with suggested provincial and federal government guidelines of gatherings up to 50 people, unless a family requests to re-schedule a service. We understand and anticipate attendance at services will diminish. To aid in social distancing, we are offering live stream services at locations based on their internet capabilities. As well, we will be recording and uploading services to our website with the permission of the family to make the services accessible for those who are unable to attend. We will be providing closed circuit television for seating in lower auditoriums of facilities or separate rooms if necessary to distance attendees, or if necessary, audio outdoors for attendees to listen to the service.
Society is fully aware of the need for extreme measures of caution in gathering. The spread of infection is high. We encourage everyone to follow the guidelines in regard to washing your hands frequently and avoid touching your face. We support these efforts and want to remind everyone to make use of our website to offer condolences and to communicate to the family.
In addition to our high standards of cleanliness and safety, we are taking extra precautions to sanitize and disinfect our facilities, areas of workspace and areas that experience high traffic and hands on use such as doorknobs, taps, washrooms, desks, computers etc.
We will continue to monitor and adhere to CDC guidelines, along with the up to date recommendations of our Federal and Provincial Health officials and do our best to share the information.