Participation is powerful: Part 1

Posted on March 22nd, 2016
Posted by Cameron Naugle under Funeral Etiquette, Funeral Planning, Grief, Sympathy, Therapy
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https://www.dailyundertaker.com/2008/08/participation-is-powerful.html   Participation is powerful. Often, children lack an opportunity to truly participate in the funeral services for their loved ones. When I was 8 and my brother 9, our father died after a few months of illness. Our mother was insightful enough to arrange for us to participate with readings during the service, and […]

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Ching Ming: Tomb Sweeping Day

Posted on March 22nd, 2016
Posted by Cameron Naugle under History, Therapy
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https://www.dailyundertaker.com/2010/03/ching-ming-tomb-sweeping-day.html   It is almost upon us again… With spring comes Ching Ming; Grave Sweeping Day in the Chinese cultural tradition. Usually falling in early April, ChingMing is a time when families gather, often very early in the morning, and travel to the graves of their ancestors to honor and remember them. Scrubbing an ancestor’s […]

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“I wish I’d spoken at my father’s funeral”

Posted on February 15th, 2016
Posted by Cameron Naugle under Funeral Etiquette, Funeral Planning, Grief, Sympathy, Therapy
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Here is some great advice on giving eulogies from Olivia Mitchell. As she mentions, you only get one chance to do this, so don’t pass it up if at all possible. A professional oration is never expected, but an honest, personal reflection can make a funeral meaningful and healing. I wish I’d spoken at my […]

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For a Funeral Director, You Sure Do Ask a Lot of Questions!

Posted on February 15th, 2016
Posted by Cameron Naugle under Funeral Directors, Funeral Planning, Grief, Therapy
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From: The Lady at Death’s Door For a Funeral Director, You Sure Do Ask a Lot of Questions! We are not your nosy neighbour who hovers over lukewarm coffee behind the kitchen curtains, hoping for a juicy piece of gossip. We are not therapists, detectives or reporters. We are Funeral Directors and we are here to […]

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‘Tis the Season to Be in Crisis

Posted on January 20th, 2016
Posted by Cameron Naugle under Grief, Holiday Grief, Therapy
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https://theladyatdeathsdoor.wordpress.com/2015/11/21/tis-the-season-to-be-in-crisis/ ‘Tis the season to be jolly? Perhaps, but for many the holiday season can be a tough one. Jolly isn’t really what they’re feeling. Stress, sadness, despair even. These are some of the feelings that families have expressed to me during our closed-door funeral meetings. For anyone who has experienced a loss during the […]

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