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About

First Memorial Funeral Services® has served British Columbia families for more than 5 decades. We work with families from Nanaimo, Ladysmith and Parksville-Qualicum, giving warm, compassionate and friendly care. Throughout the years, thousands of families have trusted us to provide funeral and cremation services tailored to their needs.

Experience you can trust

We recognize that losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things that can happen to a person. Our staff assists with planning funeral or cremation arrangements in advance or at the time of need. Our associates—including several licensed funeral directors—have many years of experience, and our location is centrally situated, easily accessible from all areas of Mid Vancouver Island.

Caring for the community and your family

First Memorial Funeral Services is a member of the Better Business Bureau, the Funeral Service Association of British Columbia and Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce. Our associates are proud to be part of Nanaimo, participating in events around Vancouver Island.

The First Memorial Funeral Services team strives to meet your individual needs and create a memorial as unique as your loved one. Please contact us if you need assistance, wish to schedule a tour of the Nanaimo funeral home or would like information about our services. 

History

First Memorial Funeral Services began serving the Nanaimo area in 1973, from a small funeral home in the district of Cedar at the south end of the city. The need for a location in the heart of the city and a larger facility prompted the 1983 construction of the current funeral home and chapel at 1720 Bowen Road.

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At Dignity Memorial, we take our promises seriously. That’s why we offer a 100% service guarantee. We strive to get every detail right the first time, every time. If for some reason we don’t and you’re dissatisfied with any aspect of your service, we will remedy it quickly and fully.

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Ratings & Reviews

Verified Customer Reviews

Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"Please use the comments above without Russell's name."

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April 2021

"This was our third experience with First Memorial and they have always gone above and beyond. Ron Whyte is amazing to deal with and we would recommend their services to all."

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January 2021

"Karen R. Geck handled the arrangements for our mother with great sensitivity and care. It has been a difficult time for us as Mum passed away unexpectedly in a care home in Nanaimo during Covid-19. Karen and First Memorial greatly assisted us in taking care of the arrangements for cremation and liaised with the cemetery in Surrey before transporting Mum to her final resting place beside our Dad at Victory Memorial Park Cemetery. Many thanks from our families to Karen and staff at 1st Memorial."

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January 2021

"Prompt, professional service during this difficult time."

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December 2020

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