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Staff members of Earth's Option Cremation & Burial Service are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

Earth's Option Cremation and Burial Services

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Chris Benesch Owner, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer chris@earthsoption.com

Chris Benesch is the second of three generations of his family in funeral service. He trained under his father’s license in Barrhead, Alberta in 1986 and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 30 years.  Chris is currently a member of the British Institute of Embalmers and has held various leadership positions with Provincial regulatory bodies and Funeral Associations in both Alberta and British Columbia.  

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Susan Benesch Owner, Licensed Funeral Director susan@earthsoption.com

Susan’s background as an estate and trust advisor dealing with the complexities of estate settlement and the family dynamics that executors often face has helped hone her skills as a funeral director. She has acted as a compassionate, expert third party for executors, and brings that same compassion and care to families dealing with the loss of a loved one.  Susan has been a licensed funeral director in Alberta and BC for 23 years.

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Colin Benesch Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer colin@earthsoption.com

Colin is the third of the three generations of his family in funeral service.  Colin joined the family funeral services business in 2016.  He will be apprenticing as a funeral director and embalmer and will complete his certification  in the summer of 2018.  

Chris Benesch

Owner, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Chris Benesch is the second of three generations of his family in funeral service. He trained under his father’s license in Barrhead, Alberta in 1986 and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 30 years.  Chris is currently a member of the British Institute of Embalmers and has held various leadership positions with Provincial regulatory bodies and Funeral Associations in both Alberta and British Columbia.  

Susan Benesch

Owner, Licensed Funeral Director
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Susan’s background as an estate and trust advisor dealing with the complexities of estate settlement and the family dynamics that executors often face has helped hone her skills as a funeral director. She has acted as a compassionate, expert third party for executors, and brings that same compassion and care to families dealing with the loss of a loved one.  Susan has been a licensed funeral director in Alberta and BC for 23 years.

Colin Benesch

Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Colin is the third of the three generations of his family in funeral service.  Colin joined the family funeral services business in 2016.  He will be apprenticing as a funeral director and embalmer and will complete his certification  in the summer of 2018.