Obituaries

John Caravaggio
B: 1930-10-25
D: 2017-07-20
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Caravaggio, John
Anthony "Tony" Bedini
B: 1928-06-07
D: 2017-07-19
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Bedini, Anthony "Tony"
Olive Smith
B: 1919-03-02
D: 2017-07-19
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Smith, Olive
Florence Kozak
D: 2017-07-18
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Kozak, Florence
Glen Mitchell
B: 1966-02-22
D: 2017-07-18
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Mitchell, Glen
Paul Smithson
B: 1944-01-19
D: 2017-07-18
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Smithson, Paul
June Penderell
B: 1943-06-01
D: 2017-07-18
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Penderell, June
Alan Shepherd
B: 1960-03-10
D: 2017-07-18
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Shepherd, Alan
William Skog
B: 1966-03-30
D: 2017-07-18
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Skog, William
Elsa McKay
B: 1935-05-28
D: 2017-07-17
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McKay, Elsa
Joanna Whalen
B: 1942-04-08
D: 2017-07-17
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Whalen, Joanna
Joyce Edwards
B: 1925-06-19
D: 2017-07-17
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Edwards, Joyce
Milda "Em" Morgan
B: 1965-04-10
D: 2017-07-17
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Morgan, Milda "Em"
William Lavergne
B: 1936-07-22
D: 2017-07-17
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Lavergne, William
Evelyn Podolak
B: 1939-09-27
D: 2017-07-17
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Podolak, Evelyn
Gismondo DiMartino
B: 1930-06-19
D: 2017-07-16
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DiMartino, Gismondo
Doris Vella
B: 1926-09-07
D: 2017-07-16
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Vella, Doris
John Bright
B: 1940-07-01
D: 2017-07-16
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Bright, John
Margaret Dawe
B: 1936-07-09
D: 2017-07-16
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Dawe, Margaret
Madelaine Brown
B: 1916-02-17
D: 2017-07-16
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Brown, Madelaine
Alexander Bell
B: 1951-08-01
D: 2017-07-16
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Bell, Alexander

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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