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Oftentimes, a funeral announcement leaves us with a handful of unanswered questions just based on etiquette alone. Do I attend? How long do I stay? What do I say? Does it really matter if I show up? It can be overwhelming, especially when we don't have a very close relationship with the deceased or the family.
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"The need for a funeral goes beyond just dollars and cents."
My first husband passed away suddenly at the age of 39 and in 60 seconds, I became a widow with a 12-and-a-half-year-old daughter. I never intended to remarry but time and divine intervention had other plans for me. I remarried. This brought with it a myriad of important things we needed to discuss and consider.
"15 years is not a long time for a son to get to know his father."
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Dying in Canada has become more personalized -- but more complicated than ever below. But it doesn't have to be this difficult.
Death and mourning are on the radio, the television and in social media. Popular? Yes. Uncomfortable? Definitely. Faced with death, no matter who you are, you know you need to be on your Sunday best; benevolent, polite, kind and empathetic. But what do funeral rites sound and look like in modern times?
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Going to a funeral is difficult. That deafening silence in the chapel brings back painful memories and stirs up emotions that I work so hard to control. No matter how much time has passed, that aching...
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Within our human connectedness, what matters the most is something so simple it can almost be overlooked. Something so ordinary in its application that its intense impact can be disregarded. It is simple, but not easy. Unpretentious, yet so difficult to maintain. That's the thing about kindness: it seems basic.
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While for many the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, for others, they are dreading the oncoming festivities because they may mark the 1st, 5th or 50th season without a loved one. No matter what denomination they are or what holiday they celebrate, there is one common factor that binds all of them together: someone they loved is gone.
The term 'celebration of life' has entered my personal "turns-of-phrase-I-hate gallery." I understand the sentiment behind the perky spin, but I feel rather tyrannized by the doublespeak. You should laugh and tell jokes and wear bright colours! It's a party! Yay! Someone you love is dead and you will never talk to them again! Now get in line for a whack at the piñata.
Selfies are, literally, rising from the dead. Maybe it's part of the modern grieving process. You know, attend your aunt's funeral, pay respects, and take a selfie. Not only is a late family member o...
If you can't attend a funeral service, you might be able to pay your respects by watching online, as more services are being recorded or streamed live on the internet these days. At Lyle Reeves Funer...