Obituaries

Margaret Holland
B: 1940-12-19
D: 2017-09-19
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Holland, Margaret
Shirley Aird
B: 1933-01-11
D: 2017-09-19
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Aird, Shirley
William Forbes
B: 1926-12-25
D: 2017-09-19
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Forbes, William
Norman Vartanian
B: 1935-08-25
D: 2017-09-19
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Vartanian, Norman
Tina Killen Boocock
B: 1964-07-05
D: 2017-09-19
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Killen Boocock, Tina
Mike Stepanovich
B: 1926-04-19
D: 2017-09-19
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Stepanovich, Mike
Giuseppe De Simone
B: 1931-05-19
D: 2017-09-18
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De Simone, Giuseppe
Elden "Bob" Dingledine
B: 1919-11-10
D: 2017-09-18
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Dingledine, Elden "Bob"
Lynne Byers
B: 1952-08-02
D: 2017-09-18
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Byers, Lynne
Barbara Glintz
B: 1960-11-28
D: 2017-09-18
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Glintz, Barbara
David Picard
B: 1969-06-09
D: 2017-09-18
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Picard, David
Anna Scudieri
B: 1936-06-01
D: 2017-09-17
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Scudieri, Anna
Doris Laskey
B: 1920-04-14
D: 2017-09-15
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Laskey, Doris
James Lumb
B: 1918-01-17
D: 2017-09-15
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Lumb, James
Dino Del Guzzo
B: 1941-03-16
D: 2017-09-15
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Del Guzzo, Dino
Vern Dedrick
B: 1929-12-07
D: 2017-09-15
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Dedrick, Vern
Mary Gomez
B: 1930-05-01
D: 2017-09-14
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Gomez, Mary
Raymond Major
B: 1946-01-16
D: 2017-09-14
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Major, Raymond
Daniel Allan
B: 1942-01-02
D: 2017-09-13
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Allan, Daniel
Pauline Etherington
B: 1930-07-29
D: 2017-09-13
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Etherington, Pauline
Donald Cornick
B: 1925-05-18
D: 2017-09-13
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Cornick, Donald

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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