Treasured Memories

I will remember you.

"When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure."

— Unknown

Why Make a Memorial?

Love is at the heart of grief, and love is also at the heart of remembering. Although our pain is often great at the time of death, our hearts work to soothe us by drawing out fond memories we hold of the person we love.

A memorial helps us honour that love and hold it up to the light for all to see, reminding us that although the person is no longer physically with us, their love is still felt in this world.

Memorials: Writing A Tribute

Tips for Grieving During the Holidays

By Alyssa Warmland The holidays can bring up a lot of feelings, especially when you’re grieving the loss of a loved one. Whether it’s the first holiday season without someone, the holidays mark a time where someone you love died, or it’s just hard to be around celebration when you’re not feeling celebratory, December can feel heavy. These are a few tips for grieving during the holidays: Remind yourself that...
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Collective Grief

Post by Maureen Pollard, MSW, RSW When the death of a person affects many members in a community, city, country, or across the world, people will experience collective grief. Some things that can help people through the experience of collective grief across a community include: - Holding gatherings that allow people share the pain of loss and to remember and honour the person who died; - Sharing reflective and supportive...
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In Memoriam: John Kennedy

He answered to John, Johnny, Dad, JFK, Beamish Bookie and even RB (you'll have to ask his friends about that one). Anyone who knew John describes him as larger than life. He loved people and was happiest sitting on the front porch chatting to anyone who walked by or making new friends in a Tuscan café or Irish pub. John became a father at 42 and enthusiastically and with overwhelming...
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In Memoriam: William Charles Pollard

A lifetime of curiosity, and a sharp wit served Bill Pollard well over 32 years as a high school history teacher. His love of teaching and dedication to his craft meant that he spent late August preparing lessons for a subject he taught throughout his entire career, even in his final year on the job. Many of his favourite stories involved spontaneous fun in the classroom as he shared his...
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In Memoriam: Helen Bogyay

Unparalleled in warmth, kindness and fairness, Helen was a consummate hostess and caregiver. She could throw together dinner for forty with one hand tied behind her back. She regularly threw parties of over a hundred people and prepared the food in a kitchen that would make a ship's galley look cavernous. She loved her home and opened it up without hesitation especially on holidays if she thought anyone would be...
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In Memoriam: Isobel Quartly

As the family matriarch she was a much loved mother, sister, wife and grandmother. The eldest of 10 she was apparently slow at chores when young so was given the nickname Speed by her uncles. It was used by friends and family for her entire life. Joined the WAAF in1939 at the beginning of the war and worked her way up to sergeant. She met her RAF husband Ron and...
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