Obituaries

Eileen Watson
B: 1927-01-07
D: 2017-10-20
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Watson, Eileen
Pietro DiBussolo
B: 1928-06-29
D: 2017-10-20
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DiBussolo, Pietro
Paul Butt
B: 1958-07-29
D: 2017-10-19
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Butt, Paul
George Porter
B: 1927-10-02
D: 2017-10-19
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Porter, George
Thomas Dunder
B: 1935-01-03
D: 2017-10-19
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Dunder, Thomas
John Lonnee
B: 1941-12-20
D: 2017-10-17
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Lonnee, John
Audrey Saunders
B: 1924-09-06
D: 2017-10-17
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Saunders, Audrey
Andrew Morewood
B: 1969-07-17
D: 2017-10-17
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Morewood, Andrew
Leslie Thompson
B: 1927-10-25
D: 2017-10-16
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Thompson, Leslie
Irene Janach-McArthur
B: 1946-03-19
D: 2017-10-16
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Janach-McArthur, Irene
Crystal McPhee
B: 1928-04-30
D: 2017-10-15
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McPhee, Crystal
Margaret Barrett
B: 1932-10-02
D: 2017-10-15
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Barrett, Margaret
Roxanne Heys
B: 1950-05-23
D: 2017-10-15
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Heys, Roxanne
Leonard Hopkins
B: 1940-01-20
D: 2017-10-15
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Hopkins, Leonard
Raymond Leonard
B: 1932-01-28
D: 2017-10-15
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Leonard, Raymond
Louise Aldous
B: 1922-11-20
D: 2017-10-14
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Aldous, Louise
Janice Hughes
B: 1949-02-10
D: 2017-10-14
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Hughes, Janice
Norma Rodgers
B: 1929-04-22
D: 2017-10-14
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Rodgers, Norma
William Threader
B: 1932-01-22
D: 2017-10-13
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Threader, William
Robert Ruwhof
B: 1967-05-02
D: 2017-10-13
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Ruwhof, Robert
Robert Reid
B: 1928-05-28
D: 2017-10-12
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Reid, Robert

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Giving a Eulogy

Giving a Eulogy

It's been said that one of people's biggest fears is public speaking.  Add to that the stress of grief, and it becomes clear that giving a eulogy can be very difficult for some people. Here are some tips for keeping your composure while accomplishing an emotional task.

Remember that the funeral is for those grieving to find some comfort and healing.

  •     Use the deceased's name.
  •     Speak about the unique qualities of that person; you may include family history, important career or personal highlights, etc.
  •     Keep your eulogy brief enough to say what you need to say and to ease the pain of those present; no need to talk for any great length of time.
  •     You can use different forms of technology (computer, music, video, etc.)
  •     It's okay to use humour (but keep it appropriate!) - people enjoy hearing about the anecdotes that are part of our lives.
  •     Be sincere.
  •     Consult with family and clergy to determine their desires and any possible restrictions in the service itself.
  •     If you become upset when giving a eulogy, take a moment to compose yourself; everyone will understand.
  •     If you feel you are simply not up to speaking, it's okay to ask the clergy or another person to read it for you