Springfield Blog

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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