Obituaries

John den Otter
B: 1946-11-14
D: 2018-04-25
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den Otter, John
Art Wagenaar
B: 1921-03-23
D: 2018-04-25
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Wagenaar, Art
George Lambert
B: 1930-08-10
D: 2018-04-24
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Lambert, George
Anne Long
B: 1937-07-11
D: 2018-04-24
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Long, Anne
Richard McQueen
B: 1934-04-16
D: 2018-04-23
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McQueen, Richard
Richard Tula
B: 1943-06-23
D: 2018-04-22
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Tula, Richard
Jake Bright
B: 1991-08-26
D: 2018-04-21
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Bright, Jake
James Elliott
B: 1936-05-30
D: 2018-04-21
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Elliott, James
Eunice Robinson
B: 1936-08-22
D: 2018-04-20
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Robinson, Eunice
Margaret Parr
B: 1923-05-06
D: 2018-04-20
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Parr, Margaret
Anita Howard
B: 1934-11-25
D: 2018-04-20
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Howard, Anita
Salvatore Bassani
B: 1920-03-11
D: 2018-04-20
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Bassani, Salvatore
Timothy Flaherty
B: 1936-12-22
D: 2018-04-19
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Flaherty, Timothy
Cindy Feere
D: 2018-04-18
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Feere, Cindy
Peter Rice
B: 1922-03-20
D: 2018-04-18
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Rice, Peter
Pauline Loeffler
B: 1921-12-05
D: 2018-04-18
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Loeffler, Pauline
Edith Shreve
B: 1917-05-18
D: 2018-04-18
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Shreve, Edith
Danny Raposo
B: 1976-07-15
D: 2018-04-18
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Raposo, Danny
R. Charles Martell
B: 1942-07-13
D: 2018-04-18
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Martell, R. Charles
Zachary Hildebrand
B: 1989-06-15
D: 2018-04-18
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Hildebrand, Zachary
Grace Maxwell
B: 1941-03-23
D: 2018-04-18
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Maxwell, Grace

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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