Obituaries

Pauline Backman
B: 1929-02-12
D: 2017-06-17
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Backman, Pauline
James Hector Gillis
B: 1951-01-31
D: 2017-06-17
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Gillis, James Hector
Carmon Schwartz
B: 1938-09-08
D: 2017-06-16
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Schwartz, Carmon
Lillian Boutilier
B: 1931-01-05
D: 2017-06-16
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Boutilier, Lillian
Malcolm Seaboyer
B: 1919-11-25
D: 2017-06-02
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Seaboyer, Malcolm
Michael Eagles
B: 1955-01-17
D: 2017-06-01
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Eagles, Michael
Mary Joyce Leigh
B: 1927-02-11
D: 2017-06-01
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Leigh, Mary Joyce
Peter MacDonald
B: 1962-07-10
D: 2017-05-30
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MacDonald, Peter
William Billington
B: 1941-08-23
D: 2017-05-29
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Billington, William
Muriel Mason
B: 1921-04-16
D: 2017-05-26
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Mason, Muriel
Michelle Swaysland
B: 1966-08-24
D: 2017-05-26
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Swaysland, Michelle
Warren Nickerson
B: 1943-09-27
D: 2017-05-25
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Nickerson, Warren
Natalie McRae
B: 1961-03-31
D: 2017-05-18
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McRae, Natalie
Waynne Champniss
B: 1946-06-06
D: 2017-05-14
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Champniss, Waynne
David Boutilier
B: 1938-03-14
D: 2017-05-12
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Boutilier, David
Marjorie Calnen
B: 1931-06-19
D: 2017-05-12
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Calnen, Marjorie
Loyall Miller
B: 1932-06-13
D: 2017-05-05
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Miller, Loyall
Susan Koch
B: 1945-05-19
D: 2017-04-30
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Koch, Susan
Stanley Sieniewicz
B: 1922-02-20
D: 2017-04-28
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Sieniewicz, Stanley
Bruce Burrows
B: 1950-06-20
D: 2017-04-21
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Burrows, Bruce
Arthur Gates
B: 1942-07-23
D: 2017-04-18
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Gates, Arthur

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Seeking Guidance: Grief Counselling

The 1969 publication of what was to become a landmark book, On Death and Dying, written by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross changed the way we looked at grief. She described five stage of grieving: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance–stages which became the foundation of our understanding of the experience of grief for decades.

But later research has shown that we cope with grief not in linear or cyclical stages, but in a back-and-forth process which moves between the experience of sadness, anger, yearning, or crying; and the experience of feeling joy or contentment. This is almost a “safety valve”, giving the bereaved a period of rest in dealing with their grief.

Grief is, you see, work. And it seems the body intuitively knows that such hard work requires periods of rest.  This natural back-and-forth process helps us to achieve the four essential tasks in grieving:

1. To accept the reality of the loss

2. To work through to the pain of grief

3. To adjust to an environment in which the deceased is missing

4. To emotionally relocate the deceased and move on with life

But what if you get stuck? Perhaps you can’t accept this new reality; or maybe working through the pain of grief is wearing you down. That’s when a qualified grief counsellor can help.

We are pleased to provide bereavement services for the families we serve. In addition, we have many community-based resources we can recommend to you. For more information, please feel free to ask us at the funeral home, or contact us here.