Posts By: Gail Swan
It was one year ago today that we issued our first communique about COVID-19. In the days that followed, we were issued sage guidance from the Chief Public Health Office regarding funeral service in Prince Edward Island – guidance that has regularly been reviewed and updated during the past year. Challenges Since that time, we have collectively experienced many ups and downs associated with the pandemic. The families we cared for in the early days… Read more »
It’s National Hospice Palliative Care Week in Canada. The theme 2020 is “Let’s bust the myths about Hospice Palliative Care!” There are so many myths that exist about dying, death and bereavement. Debunking myths Some of the big myths include: hospice palliative care can only be provided in specialized settings, receiving palliative care means death is imminent, children need to be protected from death and dying, and the list goes on. As you may have… Read more »
Each of us experiences losses and deaths that jar our souls.
On March 11, 2008 the United States Congress passed a resolution naming this date as “National Funeral Directors and Morticians Day”. A day to acknowledge the important work of funeral service professionals and the care and service they provide to their communities. Professional challenges A recent CBC News article highlighted the passion of Funeral Director and Embalmer Sharlene MacDonald. The article notes the many challenges our profession is facing, include the recruitment and retention of… Read more »
As we approach the dawn of a new year, many of us contemplate making resolutions designed to kick bad habits and foster a commitment to good health. Resolution is defined as “a firm decision to do or not to do something”. Grief however does not respond well to resolutions. We cannot make a firm decision “to do or not do” grief. The option really isn’t ours. As humans who form attachments – to other people,… Read more »