How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 23, 2020

As the Coronavirus spreads across North America and our daily lives are transformed, we all must be aware of the need for good mental-health care. Obviously, it’s a stressful time. Families are confined to their homes. School is cancelled. Many businesses are closed. Workers are being laid off en masse, causing financial distress. And then […]

How Much Does a Funeral Really Cost?

March 11, 2020

The cost of a funeral in Canada can range from $1,000 to $15,000, while the price of a wedding can be well over $20,000. Both involve many of the same details: a ceremony, a reception, food, flowers, and legal documents. Like a wedding, a funeral involves a lot of decision making. What makes planning a […]

Loving Words: How to Prepare a Eulogy

January 20, 2020

You’ve been asked to deliver a eulogy for a loved one’s funeral. The first thought is panic, followed by questions about where to start, what to say, and whether you can get through your words without breaking down. Fear and uncertainty are valid feelings when asked to write and deliver a eulogy for someone that […]

Surviving Grief at Christmas

December 21, 2019

An empty chair at the dinner table. A cherished ornament on the tree. A favourite carol played on the radio. While Christmas is a time for family and for remembering, it can also trigger immense sadness when a loved one is no longer present. The death of a spouse, parent, sibling, grandparent, child, friend, or […]

What You Need to Know When Planning a Funeral

October 31, 2019

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 […]

No Service By Request: How a Funeral is Part of the Grieving Process

August 26, 2019

“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 […]