Springfield Blog

Planning a funeral for a loved one is not only an emotional experience, but it can be overwhelming for those who don’t know where to start. Not only do you need to think about how to honour and memorialize someone who has meant so much to those around him or her, but there are also […]

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“No service by request.” It’s a line that at times appears at the end of an obituary denoting a request by a loved one that no funeral service be held after his or her death. It’s a simple four-word line that can carry serious implications for those left behind in their grief. It also brings […]

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June 14, 2019

Grief is anything but predictable, and in a culture where grief is taboo, it’s no wonder it’s difficult to find the right words or truly help someone who has experienced a deep, deep loss. To help us understand what a grieving person really needs, we’ve interviewed internationally renowned grief counsellor Dr. Bill Webster, who will […]

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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

  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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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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