Do You Want a Funeral or a Memorial Service?

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  For some, the thought of preplanning a funeral or memorial service is utterly morbid. It’s not. There are many reasons to consider doing so. To begin with, immediately following a loved one’s death, the family is quite emotional. If this was a sudden death, they are likely to be in shock and completely overwhelmed […]

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Three Ways Rituals Help Us Heal

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Rituals are not scary practices. We all have our morning rituals (e.g. shower, brush our teeth, coffee etc.) and our nighttime rituals (e.g. work out, watch TV, journal, read etc.) that we carry out faithfully. In fact, if we didn’t do them something would feel off. We also use rituals and ceremonies to mark milestones […]

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Creating Ritual and Ceremony

Ritual and ceremony is an important way to mark milestones in life. Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, weddings, and graduations are events infused with ritual and ceremony. It’s important to mark holidays and “rites of passage” with celebration by taking time from our daily routine to do things differently. When it comes to a loved one’s death, it’s acceptable to […]

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FINDING COMFORT WITH LINKING AND TRANSITIONAL OBJECTS

August 28

It is perfectly normal for people to keep an item of clothing or a piece of jewellery belonging to a loved one after they die. Sometimes this is reflected in a person’s will where they want specific item to be given to certain people. Sometimes it is an offering determined by family members wanting to […]

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MEMORY GARDEN

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Much like a memory collage, my belief is that a memory garden serves to facilitate a way for family and friends to enjoy memories of their loved one. A memory garden is a place of healing. It allows one to suspend life and to walk or sit in solitude while reflecting on the person who […]

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WHEN THE KILLER IS YOUR SON

June 19

My heart is broken for the families of the three Moncton RCMP who were recently killed. I empathize with the path they are on and hold them in my thoughts and prayers. There is honour in knowing these officers died serving in the way they wanted to; however, the heartbreak of living without these men […]

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

Some time ago, I took my grandsons to see the classic children’s film, The Land Before Time. This heartwarming tale of baby orphaned dinosaurs teaches many life lessons in its 69 minutes. Littlefoot loses his mother following a battle with a Tyrannosaurus during the great earthshake. There were four important scenes for me that beautifully […]

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NATIONAL DAY OF HONOUR TO RECOGNIZE FALLEN CANADIANS

May 9th is the appointed National Day of Honour to Recognize Fallen Canadians who have given of their lives while representing our country. This day will also recognize Canadians injured or who developed an illness while serving in our forces. The deaths and impact of injury and illness will have significant impact on their families, […]

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INTERNATIONAL BEREAVED MOTHER’S DAY

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Today is International Bereaved Mother’s Day. I did not know about this dedicated day until recently. It is a movement to help us remember all mothers, including those whose hearts are shattered following the death of a precious child. The Carly Marie Project Healwebsite explains that the traditional Mother’s Day was actually created by a […]

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DO YOU HAVE THE G.U.T.S. TO DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO?

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There are many opportunities in life for change. You may choose to make the change (e.g. weight loss, relocating, employment etc.). You may not have choice in other life changes (e.g. death of a loved one, loss of employment, divorce etc.). When it is a change without choice or negotiation, at some point you do […]

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