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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

Grief Resolutions

Posted by Gail Swan on December 31, 2018

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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,

Death anniversaries

Posted by Gail Swan on December 13, 2018

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We don’t need a big, red circle around certain days on the calendar. These are the dates that are etched in our memories. We remember where we were, who we were with, and what time of year it was. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the death of my grandfather. In those 30 years there have been innumerable family milestones: births, weddings, graduations, and holiday gatherings. The late Dewar Swan. He enjoyed playing his harmonica,
How many times have you felt anxious at the thought of attending a visitation? Did you run through what you might say to those in the receiving line? If so, you aren’t alone. People often feel uncomfortable and unsure of what to say or do. The IT Crowd   What not to say The following video by Kay Warren provides helpful guidance in what and what not to say. If you aren’t a person of

Finding Gratitude in Grief

Posted by Gail Swan on October 5, 2018

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As we approach Thanksgiving Day and all the fall festivities taking place this weekend, we can find many reasons to be filled with gratitude. The bountiful harvest that will contribute to our Thanksgiving meal. The opportunity to connect with our local farmers and community at the Farmer’s Market while we gather our ingredients. The time spent with family and friends. What if we aren’t feeling so grateful? What if we are missing a special person