Obituaries

Maria Mazza
B: 1930-02-03
D: 2019-02-21
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Mazza, Maria
Eleanor "Jean" Mitchell
B: 1936-08-11
D: 2019-02-21
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Mitchell, Eleanor "Jean"
Ivy Slater
B: 1924-07-26
D: 2019-02-20
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Slater, Ivy
Alfred McNalley
B: 1929-06-20
D: 2019-02-20
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McNalley, Alfred
Doug Syer
B: 1930-05-12
D: 2019-02-20
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Syer, Doug
Vincent Di Pietro
B: 1935-07-20
D: 2019-02-20
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Di Pietro, Vincent
Roderick Duncan
B: 1941-04-08
D: 2019-02-20
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Duncan, Roderick
Cyril Stubbs
B: 1924-07-25
D: 2019-02-19
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Stubbs, Cyril
Floyd Smith
B: 1936-01-20
D: 2019-02-18
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Smith, Floyd
Stewart Wilson
B: 1966-09-10
D: 2019-02-18
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Wilson, Stewart
Gregory Kuzmenko
B: 1953-11-30
D: 2019-02-17
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Kuzmenko, Gregory
Yvonne Jackson
B: 1946-05-25
D: 2019-02-17
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Jackson, Yvonne
Mary Jelusich
B: 1930-11-04
D: 2019-02-16
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Jelusich, Mary
Michael Sawchuk
B: 1936-11-08
D: 2019-02-16
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Sawchuk, Michael
Margaret Bailey
B: 1932-02-22
D: 2019-02-16
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Bailey, Margaret
Jay Whitley
B: 1953-08-08
D: 2019-02-16
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Whitley, Jay
Bryce Lee
B: 1946-05-30
D: 2019-02-16
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Lee, Bryce
Pearl Trott
B: 1925-04-06
D: 2019-02-15
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Trott, Pearl
Della Patterson
B: 1922-01-29
D: 2019-02-15
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Patterson, Della
Michael Downey
B: 1957-07-14
D: 2019-02-15
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Downey, Michael
Dominique Dupuis
B: 1931-07-27
D: 2019-02-14
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Dupuis, Dominique

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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