Shannon Burberry is a funeral home manager with more than 25 years of experience in the funeral industry. As a funeral director with Arbor Memorial, Shannon helps families plan and customize end-of-life arrangements for their loved ones. Prior to Arbor Memorial, Shannon has held several funeral industry positions focused on assisting families with loss. Shannon earned her Funeral Service Education Diploma from Humber College.
Offering condolences online is a recent, but great, addition to the avenues available for support.
There are approximately 87 things to do within 72 hours of someone passing, leading to 87 or more decisions to be made, and 87 possible disagreements.
11/27/2018 11:21 EST
Just as the loss of a pet is devastating for the owner, the death of an owner can also have a traumatic impact on their beloved companion.
09/04/2018 10:45 EDT
There were tears, laughter, music, flowers, food and I even gave them gifts to remember me by.
06/20/2018 12:03 EDT
Just as planning your own funeral is important, so too is thinking about what happens to your online presence when you're not around to be its curator.
05/14/2018 13:11 EDT
We are never truly alone, and our colleagues can be of great support when we lean on each other in difficult times.
03/26/2018 12:54 EDT
Taking the time to plan your funeral can save time and stress for grieving family members, and give you the chance to personalize your celebration of life.
02/20/2018 15:33 EST
These events are points at which the living can come together, support each other and remember the impact the individual made on their respective lives.
01/25/2018 10:16 EST
It's important to remind yourself that intense grief is temporary, and it shouldn't stop you from redefining the meaning of joy this holiday season.
12/21/2017 12:15 EST
Preparing for the unexpected will leave you feeling comforted that everything will be taken care of.
10/13/2017 17:13 EDT
We will always work with a family to honour their loved one's memory.
08/18/2017 13:06 EDT
Children have the innate ability to grieve openly and may do so with a greater amount of strength than their adult counterparts.
07/11/2017 11:19 EDT
I started thinking about how this is a pretty common occurrence for people: someone has passed away and left behind a sentimental collection - anything from jewelry to model trains to postcards. And if you are inheriting them, it can be hard to figure out what to do with this cherished collection.
06/13/2017 11:46 EDT
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.
05/05/2017 05:28 EDT
According to Statistics Canada, the proportion of women working in the funeral industry has nearly doubled since 1995. And at Humber College today, women comprise about 75 per cent of students who enrol in the funeral services program. There are a few reasons why the time is now for more women to get involved in the funeral industry -- and why a career in this field shouldn't be overlooked.
03/21/2017 01:57 EDT
Even as a young teenager, I knew I wanted to become a funeral director when I grew up. Perhaps an odd dream for a child, but I knew in my heart that I could help people by assisting them in saying their goodbyes. Now looking back on my career of over 25 years in the funeral industry, my views on the particulars of life have definitely changed for the better. There's so much to learn about life while working with death.
02/14/2017 07:33 EST
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