Janice McKenna, Funeral Director

Janice McKenna was honoured the Business Excellence award from Akaitcho Business Development Corporation for 2016.

Janice is a Funeral Director/Embalmer. In 2008, she graduated from Mount Royal University in Calgary. She learned to assist families in grief and loss, how to prepare and restore the deceased, how to conduct farewell services according to all major religions, as well as the legislation that governs her profession.

She has made her home in Yellowknife since 1987 and the majority of those years she was working as a social worker in both the government and non-profit sectors. She has always been passionate about assisting people in need. Janice continues that tradition of caring in her current profession.

Janice established her business on November 1st, 2008 to coincide with the anniversary of her eldest brother’s tragic death at the age of 21.

Janice is a strong family person. She comes from a family of seven children and was raised in Antigonish, NS. She is married with one daughter.




McKenna Funeral Home opened officially on Nov. 25, 2010 with an open house. Representatives of the Christian churches provided blessings, along with members of the Tlicho (Roman Catholic), Hindu and Jewish communities, who spoke in their languages.

The funeral home includes a large, comfortable living room area for families to sit and talk. There is also an area to make and drink coffee and tea.




 The furniture can be rearranged to provide seating on folding chairs for a small memorial service or funeral (about 50 people), or for visitation with the deceased.

The home includes a separate room for preparing the deceased and storing remains for the short term.

A downstairs office is a private space to make funeral or memorial arrangements and view a selection of products such as caskets, urns and memorial books.

People of every faith and tradition are welcome. Talk to Janice about how she can help you remember and celebrate the life lost.

McKenna Funeral Home, Yellowknife, NT 446-0411 or toll free 1-855-446-0411