Testimonials

We receive many letters from the families we've served, thanking us for our caring ways during their time of loss. Their words warm our hearts, and speak to you of our professionalism, compassion, and the true value of the services we provide.

We had my father's celebration of life at Circle of Life. From my first meeting with Karin, she was so warm and supportive and very helpful for my mother and I in taking care of things I never would have thought to do. It is a beautiful and welcoming space. Her dog Emma is very comforting as the greeter. Her staff was outstanding in doing everything and the clean up. Thank you for a wonderful sendoff for my father and all your compassion, and thank you to your wonderfullstaff.

Meredith Beacroft March 05, 2020

Karin and everyone were very authentic and kind. We felt welcomed and sincerely taken care of. I found Karin through a resource list through hospice, and I had called a few other places. Karin took the time right away to help answer my questions and even answered the questions I did not think to ask. My mother and sister met with Karin right after my dad died and they both told me that they loved her, and the space. Emma, their dog, added an extra warm touch. Our service for dad all fell into place as Karin, her family and staff, took such good care of us. Our family and friends are still sending us thank you notes for such a lovely “send off” for dad. I highly recommend them. I am truly grateful for them, during such a difficult time.

Stacy Dwyer February 24, 2020

Karin Schuett is a tall cool glass of kindness, love, affirmation of life and respect for all our passages in this life and our next. Circle of Life literally saved us from the perilous freefall into an emotional abyss, indescribable, at our worst, unexpected moment of loss. We all MUST face the inevitable. Death awaits us all. Whether or not you choose Circle of Life for an end of life plan, Karin's priceless words of explanation and reassurance of that planning and its options and how to remain respectful of our loved ones at a tumultuous time ..... give her a call. She'll share her time and her knowledge and her calm wisdom. There's no charge for the conversation. She doesn't try to sell you anything. You'll be happy you spoke with her. Don't ever wait until you need to make this call in life. But do start here. We're pretty sure she's an angel walking amongst us. Meet her and you'll see why.

Prema Rao June 09, 2019

Karin Schuett and the staff at Circle Of Life made us feel extremely comfortable from the moment we walked in the door. We wanted a true Celebration Of Life for our mom and Karin was instrumental in making that happen. The atmosphere at Circle Of Life is calming, peaceful and contemporary. We loved the way the room was set up with covered tables and chairs, so people could sit and share memories together. We had many special requests and Karin made sure everything was as we wanted it, down to the smallest detail. On the day of the Celebration we were able to leave everything in the hands of her wonderful staff, so that we could spend the time with family and friends. Karin also helped us with the overwhelming task of cancelling things and notifying agencies, etc. afterward, giving us a guide to assist us, and graciously offering to look after several of these tasks. Circle of Life's assistance extended beyond the Celebration, with Karin helping to coordinate the internment and attending and supporting us through it. Circle Of Life made the saddest and most overwhelming time in our lives so much easier to get through. We will always be grateful to Karin for her support, and her kindness. Pat and Darryl Hartwick Kevin and Cheryl Forde

Pat and Darryl Hartwick November 24, 2018

If funeral planning is a horrendous thought for you, why not think of a visit with a friend to Circle of Life in Dundas. We did, Helen & Maggie, where we did the deed with Karin Schuett. Karin is very approachable, pleasant, flexible and so helpful. With a relaxed demeanour and atmosphere we did not experience the slightest pressure to do other than OUR wishes. For one’s eventual last chore, let it be as you wish in the most pleasing, relaxed professional Funeral Home you will find, one that CARES. Thanks Karin and staff for your time, invaluable knowledge and guidance. (Good coffee a bonus) Maggie & Helen

Maggie Hine April 17, 2018

I recently lost my sister and assisted my brother-in-law with her funeral plans. I wish to express sincere appreciation to Circle of Life, for their superior service, guided with kindness and compassion, in getting everything in place for her Celebration of Life. Karin, the Funeral Director, is so kind and understanding, guides you with great suggestions, and made this experience a pleasant one considering the circumstances. Her professionalism would get her a five star rating from our families. The atmosphere at Circle of Life is truly so bright and welcoming, and don't be surprised to get greeted by their adorable dog Emma at the door. Circle of Life will definitely be on my list for any future losses in my life. Thanks so muck Karin - from Linda Welton and David Jenkins

Linda Welton May 25, 2017

Its been 4 weeks since we said goodbye to my Mother.. Anne Myers. The loss of my Mother is quite frankly the most acutely painful event I have ever experienced and I have to say that The Circle Of Life kept my partner Alex Dejong and I standing during this most painful time. Words can never express how helpful Karen was. They literally took care of everything and guided us through this process with caring, concern, and extreme knowledge. I am so grateful to The Circle Of Life.

Charles MacIntosh April 28, 2017

My family had a very positive experience with Circle of Life CBC. Of course, it was a very difficult time, and with so much to attend to the Owner/Director and her staff made an incredible impression on us from our very first meeting. Throughout the process they helped us with every step, and we received compassionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated attention that I think made an enormous contribution to the family's well being.

Scott Brogan January 26, 2017

Funerals can be a very sad time in ones life but that said the Circle of Life is serene, calming and a very special place. The decor is so nice including the pictures from the RBG. Karin and her staff are wonderful, never pushy and are always in the back ground but right there if you need them. You have a real say in how you want your visitation/service to go, from being able to bring in your own food and flowers or they will take care of that for you. I found this very comforting. Karin will look after everything that you need to know before and after the visitation/service. Everything is done very professionally but not with the grim faces of so many funeral directors and funeral homes. Thanks so much

Marge, Andy, & Chris and all of our families

These people love their work and it shows in everything they do. We were very pleased by their level of care and engagement. Karen Schuett's experience and knowledge come shining through.Circle of Life has the most spacious and beautifully decorated premises. For us they were ideal for the kind of service that we wanted to have - a hopeful tone that felt more like a celebration of a life well lived. Amazingly, Circle of Life only has one funeral per day so, in addition to having the whole premises, there was no rush to get us out. In fact, we left the premises for the graveside service and then came back and had a luncheon gathering at Circle of Life. This convenience made for very easy planning and allowed us to focus on having a great service and gathering afterwards. In addition to all of our funeral needs they also took us through a very brief process involving the cancellation and notifications of our mother's government accounts and provided us with a comprehensive check list of personal accounts and services to follow up on. I would recommend Circle of Life to anyone looking for a reasonable price, compassionate guidance and a beautiful atmosphere.

Patrick Rowan,

I have had the opportunity to work closely with Karin over the past couple of years. Karin’s knowledge of the funeral business and her compassion and tenderness towards people is exceptional. She is a great listener, and offers the guidance that people need before making any decisions. Having joined Karin on various speaking engagements I have learned a great deal from her about the importance of funeral pre-planning and encourage my clients to get this part of their financial plans in order. Karin has showed me the importance of family discussions around these tough (and too often taboo) topics and the value in understanding and documenting wishes. I highly recommend Karin. She has peoples’ best interests at heart and takes the time needed to ensure they are comfortable and understand the future plans they make. I know my clients have more peace of mind after talking with Karin.

-Stephanie P.

I first met Karin on the phone around midnight the night my mother passed away. From that moment on, Karin and Circle of Life made a very tough task, easy. She was so prepared for our meeting even though she had been up late the night before dealing with the transportation from the nursing home. Everything was organized and written down and explained perfectly. Karin is a professional through and through and with that professionalism comes empathy and caring and understanding. Add Emma to that potent mix and you have an amazing collaboration. (Emma is a wonderful and caring dog/greeter and sitter at your side offering a loving look). I didn’t partake, but my friend tells me the coffee is absolutely wonderful. I recommend Circle of Life with the highest possible accolades. Marguerite Babcock

Marguerite Babcock March 02, 2020

Our youngest brother passed this month, with no will, Power of Attorney, no ID (lost his wallet) and no money. We heard about Circle of Life from the Chaplain at the hospital. From the first contact, Gisela and Karin put us at ease, took care of every detail and treated us with kindness and empathy. It was complicated because of the circumstances, but both these women were professional, knowledgeable and incredibly caring. Our family is forever grateful to Karin and Gisela for making this sad time so much less stressful. Thank you both! ♥️

Angela Roper January 02, 2020

Thank you Karin, you have been beyond helpful throughout this very difficult time. We have spoken very highly of you, your husband, and your services, to others. Thank you again for making a very difficult time, a little less so. Warm regards Leanne

Leanne McLean May 18, 2019

Circle of Life provided professional, affordable, and compassionate services for my family during the recent death in my family. Stress at this difficult time was minimal since Circle of Life created all the required documents and managed the process for the subsequent cremation. Highly recommended if you want to keep the process as simple as possible.

Michael Evelegh

From the moment we contacted Karin at Circle of Life to the end of the process when we received mum's ashes, we were cared for with deep support. Everything is so well organized and professional, but at the same time, there is a very strong sense of emotional consideration and understanding. The premises are beautiful and relaxing, and Circle of Life has a lovely selection of vessels for a loved one's ashes. We talked to Karin and Janice, who are very calming in their approach. Karin answered all of our questions and provided all necessary documentation without any kind of complication or fuss. I can't recommend Circle of Life highly enough. When a family or individual is going through the shock of loss, this cremation centre is the best place to go to have everything organized calmly and to experience genuine understanding and heartfelt condolences. Janice Hladki, Neil Watson, Wayne Cass

Janice Hladki

My mother and I went to visit Karin at Circle of Life to have a tour and find out some more information. I already knew Karin. My mother had met her a couple of times and was so impressed that she decided she wanted Karin to be in charge of her final stop. Karin showed us around, explained the steps involved and answered all our questions in her gentle, kind, friendly, intelligent and compassionate way. The place itself is beautiful. My mother and I came away with more to think about but happy with our choice of Circle of Life.

Judy Shepalo May 05, 2017

Our family reached out to Circle of Life Director Karin Schuett and team soon after my mother passed. Karin’s professionalism and compassion in guiding us through the decisions and next steps eased the pain and burden of those most difficult first days and weeks. Most impressive was the accommodations made for my mother’s memorial utilizing the beautiful gathering room Karin and her team set up for us. Our family is grateful for all the kindness shown by Circle of Life staff and Karin in particular. Their careful and considerate planning allowed us to celebrate the life of my mother in a way we hoped for, and that Karin helped us realize.

Lee-Ann Holloway February 28, 2017

Karen and her team at Circle of Life were so supportive and caring towards my family after my sister passed. She guided us through all the decisions and arrangements. She was never far away at our celebration of life, always busy refreshing coffee and making sure we were staying strong. The entire time we were in her presence she was caring, generous and so professional. Her kindness shown to my son( who was not handling things well) was above and beyond a business owner. I highly recommend having the Circle of Life team handle your end of life arrangements, professional, dedicated and reasonable prices. Five stars in my book! Thanks Karen, from all of us.

Missy Barn January 26, 2017

I would highly recommend Karin. My pre arrangement with her was a great experience and she made it so easy. I’ve been a Funeral Director myself for many years and Karin is by far the most knowledgeable and caring.

Rick Martin

Two weeks ago, I had the immense pleasure of attending the official opening of The Circle of Life Cremation and Burial Centre. The Circle of Life Centre provides a fresh concept and approach to anyone needing funeral services. It's modern interior, and warm and welcoming staff, make the whole experience one of comfort and healing. Earl Nightingale said in 1956 and I quote: "Be of service...build... work ...dream ...create". I believe the owners Karin Schuett and Frank Schmidt and their wonderful team are doing just that. Their compassion, dedication and professionalism is a gift to all who enter the Center. I wish you all many years of success. May you be blessed for the professional services you so graciously provide.

-Pauline Myddelton

My wife and I met with Karin Schuett again today to finalize our funeral pre – arrangements. We have been tremendously impressed by her each time we met. She is not only knowledgeable, but is also able to convey information in a clear and distinct way. In addition she is gentle and sensitive so that all aspects of the death topic can be addressed comfortably. Yours sincerely,

K.F.