I remember my cousin sharing a story with me, shortly after the death of our grandmother. She and my grandfather were traveling down St. Peter’s Road when a funeral procession approached. He immediately pulled over to the side of the road, bowed his head and wept. Perhaps he was reminded of our own experience a few weeks prior – he obviously felt sympathy for the family of the deceased, and showed his reverence and respect.
Acts of Care
Islanders are generally a very caring group. It’s fairly common to have neighbours appear with a meal, a friend offer to walk the dog, a neighour plow the driveway or cut the grass, when families are in the midst of mourning. A few years ago, we had a death in the family. The next day, our neighbour appeared with a tray of the most delicious squares. Her husband had spied them coming out of the oven, and immediately asked, “Who has died?”. You see, this particular recipe was her “go-to” for funerals, and he knew he wouldn’t be sampling the treat.
A group gathers for the annual spring maintenance at Birch Hill Cemetery.
Acts of Respect
Our Island way, goes beyond those initial demonstrations of respect and care. One need only visit a small rural cemetery in the spring, to witness a committee of local residents, tidying the grounds and repairing monuments. One morning, we were out attending to some details at a local cemetery and happened upon a group of residents hard at work. They were trimming trees, hauling away debris left from the winter storms and planting flowers. They didn’t view this work as a chore but more of an honour. It also provided time for fellowship. We were tickled to join the group for an impromptu picnic. It’s the Island way.