Obituaries

Barbara Fearon
B: 1960-03-20
D: 2017-02-23
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Fearon, Barbara
Edmund Pantel
B: 1923-03-03
D: 2017-02-23
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Pantel, Edmund
Rita Matthews
B: 1933-09-13
D: 2017-02-23
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Matthews, Rita
Bernie Custis
B: 1929-09-23
D: 2017-02-23
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Custis, Bernie
Kenneth Webster
B: 1928-01-15
D: 2017-02-22
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Webster, Kenneth
Teresa Martins Telo
B: 1929-12-02
D: 2017-02-22
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Martins Telo, Teresa
Patricia Wilson-Brock
B: 1967-11-25
D: 2017-02-22
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Wilson-Brock, Patricia
William Smith
B: 1926-08-06
D: 2017-02-22
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Smith, William
Elwood Taplin
B: 1926-08-13
D: 2017-02-22
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Taplin, Elwood
Peter Dunn
B: 1960-04-29
D: 2017-02-21
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Dunn, Peter
Janet Bradley
B: 1951-02-18
D: 2017-02-21
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Bradley, Janet
David Frost
B: 1938-12-28
D: 2017-02-21
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Frost, David
Kenneth Robinson
B: 1923-10-19
D: 2017-02-21
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Robinson, Kenneth
Shirley Brodie
B: 1930-03-19
D: 2017-02-20
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Brodie, Shirley
John Vidovich
B: 1928-01-21
D: 2017-02-20
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Vidovich, John
Mark Leva
B: 1974-10-08
D: 2017-02-20
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Leva, Mark
Evelyn Baker
B: 1921-01-04
D: 2017-02-19
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Baker, Evelyn
William Watson
B: 1928-08-17
D: 2017-02-19
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Watson, William
Hans Funke
B: 1932-01-25
D: 2017-02-18
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Funke, Hans
Sandra Down
B: 1937-03-29
D: 2017-02-18
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Down , Sandra
Herbert Siebert
B: 1942-07-29
D: 2017-02-18
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Siebert, Herbert

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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