Springfield Blog

Kids heading out to play.  Photo courtesy of Dreamstime.

I was born in Vernon, BC in 1969. My father established the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home there in approximately 1975.  At the early age of 6 I was hanging around the funeral home during its construction, and also after its completion.  The life of a Funeral Director/Owner is definitely tied to the business and there […]

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Helping those in need

– – – I find such meaning in what I do!  Recently I met with the spouse of a young woman who passed away from a rare type of cancer which just so happened to be the same cancer that my spouse passed away from 15 years ago.      – – – – – Such […]

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July 4, 2014


How I balance   Helping others in highly emotional states can be quite a task.  Especially when those I help are in any one of our good old human emotions that we are born with.  Not just sadness but anger, frustration, indifference and even excitement that I see on a daily basis.  I think most […]

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June 9, 2014

Richard father to four!

  Today I was interviewing. We have a growing family here at the funeral home. A young lady on our staff is expecting her 3rd and we need to fill a few gaps during her leave. The thought occurred to me –as a leader of our company and in light of the fact that we […]

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mountail lake

Laying to rest…. I think these words are meant just as much as the survivors as the deceased.  Laying a person to rest allows the family to be at rest, knowing that they have taken care of the person they loved up until the last possible moment. I’ve heard people say, “It’s just a body, they’re not there anymore.”  […]

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We deal with a lot of sensitive subjects here at the funeral home. Death is a very sensitive subject in and of itself. One particularly sensitive subject with a lot of the families we talk to is that of children and death. More specifically, should children attend funerals and be included in the discussion about […]

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The views from Yvonne's cycle tour

On a recent trip to Europe with my family, we enjoyed a wonderful day biking in the Tuscany region of Italy. As we left the city of Florence, we noticed the landscape was dotted with estates, vineyards and olive groves, this area reminded me so much of our Okanagan/Naramata region.  With it being a very […]

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April 8, 2014

Finding that career

I recently was asked by a good friend to give a talk to her third year psychology class.  My topic of conversation, you guessed it  Death.  Specifically though I spoke about dealing with grieving families in the minutes and days after their loved one has died.  This is that unique experience that takes all of […]

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Spring is here.  What a beautiful natural way of reminding us of the cycle of life.  Old growth still present, soon returning to the earth with warming temperatures nurturing new life set to build on the foundation of all that came before it.  New buds are on trees and small spikes of green emerging from […]

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