Straight Talk

Canada Day This Year

People today are wrestling with their sense of patriotism. Our global economy, and social networks have been thrown askew over the last 16 months. Borders have closed and protectionism has taken a ...
By Jacob Rowe
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day. It can be seen as a day of brunches and family gatherings as well a day of reflection and loss. It can be a mixed bag of emotions, with many having lost their own mothers now taking t...
By Nathan McKinlay
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Poppa Gale

No two days are ever the same at the Funeral Home. Throughout the course of a year, we engage in numerous conversations with people about their loved ones. We hear countless life stories – the good...
By Nathan McKinlay
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Woodlot Preservation

Woodlot preservation is a divisive topic these days. Chatham-Kent Council approved a motion last Monday evening, enacting a bylaw aimed at preventing clear cutting - for the next 120 days at the ve...
By Jacob Rowe
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Constitutional Monarchy

“Constitutional Monarchy” is a term straight from the humdrum of history class. For many of us, the British Monarchy is far removed from our day to day. We occasionally see a colourized photo, moun...
By Jacob Rowe
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Chatham-Kent is Home

Spring is here, and Easter is less than a week away. Among all the rebirth and renewal, we are seeing in our gardens, and reminded of in a roundabout way with bunnies and chocolate eggs, it is a ti...
By Jacob Rowe
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Parting Stone

“Parting Stones”--Is this an option for my loved one’s cremated remains?           As a Funeral Director, I often hear families say that they have not decided on what to d...
By Michael McCracken
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

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Good Grief

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A new year brings new outlooks to life.  The ever changing world around us can seem very unsettling.  Depressing news, COVID updates, lockdowns, loss of loved ones, and the list goes on.&...

Live Streaming

As Covid-19 restrictions continue to fluctuate, the need for a funeral remains constant. Funeral Homes have been tasked with acquiring the appropriate technologies to allow for families to take par...

New Years Resolution

Reading the news is as cemented in my morning routine as a cup (or two) of coffee. Without fail the lingering days of the closing year, and the first week of the new, are embodied by articles about...

Therapeutic Pets

I worked in Healthcare for eight years, before making the decision to pursue a career as a Funeral Director. While serving in a Nursing Home setting, I witnessed firsthand the therapeutic effect fu...

Turn, turn, turn

In the summer of 2005, on a Sunday morning, my grandfather passed away. As we were making arrangements for a Wednesday funeral, that Tuesday afternoon, my grandmother, on my Mom’s side, died too. H...

We Must Remember Them

We MUST Remember Them… For Funeral Directors across Canada, Remembrance Day is one of the most significant days of the year. It is a time where we can come together as a nation to reflect on ...