This November, New Haven Funeral Centre Inc. — Peel Region’s first Christian black-owned funeral centre opens its doors to the public. The two-day grand opening event will take place on November 11th from 2 pm – 6 pm, and November 12th from 11 am – 4 pm.
The 30,000 sq. ft. contemporary-elegant boutique style facility, features four visitation suites, reception facilities, and a majestic chapel. New Haven’s aim is to create a heartfelt and positive experience for families who turn to them in their time of need or when planning in advance.
Founders, Dr. Lennox Walker and industry veteran Shelley Challenger, shared a vision of a full-service funeral centre that would prioritize faith-based services for families of all denominations. ͞It is our mission to bring God back to funeral services by providing a new standard of ministry for the Christian faith communities,͟ Challenger explained.
New Haven’s team includes licensed funeral directors with over 40 years of experience, as well as,on-site chaplains who will minister beyond funeral services by offering Christian grief counseling, last rites, mediation services, prayers requests, and pastoral support. The centre also offers funeral receptions, cultural gatherings, concierge services, health/wellness/real estate seminars, and anti-violence workshops. In addition, the centre will provide a first-class approach to estate and insurance planning to the community. New Haven is driven by a strong leadership and executive team, including Chairman Donovan McLean, and Managing Director, Shari Yearwood, both of whom are integral to the facility’s operation.
New Haven’s first day of opening festivities on November 11th will include public tours, traditional Caribbean cuisine and door prizes for attendees. In recognition of Remembrance Day, poppies will be provided and a moment of silence will be observed.
On Sunday, November 12th, guests can again experience guided public tours and enter for a chance to win a trip for two to Jamaica. The grand opening ceremony will begin at 3 pm and will be led by the Honour Guard with several dignitaries expected to attend.