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Mother’s Day isn’t always a happy cause for celebration. For those who have lost their mothers or mother figures, it can be a somber event. While it may get easier with time, grief isn’t linear. Some days are going to be harder than others, some years better than not. 

Spreading the Christmas Spirit for another year, we are once again one of the locations participating in Be a Santa to a Senior.  The ornaments have arrived (paper light bulbs with requests for gifts/essentials from both men and women written on them- all requests are anonymous).  People are encouraged to pop by Pleasantview Funeral home and pick up an ornament.

Examples of requests: hats, mittens, toiletries, laundry basket, toaster...

The tree/ornaments are located at Pleasantview Funeral Home (entrance off of Merritville Highway), (open 9-5).

With our handy, 28 pg booklet, you can now organize any of your estate affairs beforehand, while minds are clear. Customized with your specific information, this FREE Family Registry Estate PlannerTM will provide a single, concise record for that time when family needs it most. This exclusive book is my gift to you.

This is a photo of just one of the many van loads of generous gifts to be distributed that was collected at Pleasantview Funeral Home and Cemetery.  

‘Tis the season to help others. We’re partnering with Home Instead Senior Care to help out with the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program benefiting seniors in our community.

With Autumn here, the Nature Walk at Pleasantview Funeral Home & Cemetery continues to offer a beautiful, tranquil setting.  To learn more about the limited availability of cremation spaces in this area, please call 905-380-6907.

As September quickly approaches and we’re getting our kids ready to go back to school, it’s important to recognize some children might be returning to the classroom after experiencing a death in the family.  “The freedom of summer schedules may have provided a lot of time with family for support after a death.  It can be panic-inducing when that has to change.  You may be worrying whether your children will struggle.

Grief is normal and common, and can be seen throughout the animal kingdom.  It is not limited to humans, but has been observed by other animals too.  In a recent article for National Geographic, written by Traci Watson, she describes how whales mourn their dead, just like us.

 

There are certain times in our lives when our loved ones are missed the most.  Your wedding day is certainly one of them.  Throughout my career with Pleasantivew, I have witnessed on more than one occasion, limos pulling into the cemetery on a weekend, and a bridal party getting out.  This is because either the bride or groom has someone special to them, buried at my cemetery.  They stopped by to ‘share’ their day and perhaps pose for a different kind of family photo.  For this reason and with the wedding season upon us, I thought it appropriate to share this article.

 

 

A new day is dawning over your local cemetery - and it’s shedding a new light on some old perceptions. Using cemeteries in non-traditional ways is a growing trend that’s pushing the boundaries of how these trusted institutions can further serve us along the road of life. And why not? The properties are carefully maintained, quiet and secure, with restful places to sit and scenic walkways to stroll in a park-like atmosphere. All those pretty gardens, mature trees and ponds make a perfect setting for celebrating and commemorating happy times too!

 

Just because you’ve downsized to a condo or apartment doesn’t mean you have to give up your gardening - balconies can be beautiful! But before you start, ask your property manager if there are any restrictions regarding what can be placed on your balcony or rooftop.

Pleasantview Funeral Home & Cemetery: NATURE WALK IS OPEN  Act before June 26, 2016, you’ll receive 5% off of your pre-need property purchase or 10% off of your complete pre-need program. 

 

Spring – a time of renewal when everyone starts to tackle the task of cleaning and organizing their homes (and lives!).

So far, 2016 has been a bit of a reality check. As 2015 waned, we mourned the death of music legends Lemmy Kilmister and Natalie Cole. Then, in the first few weeks of 2016, we faced the loss of more iconic figures: David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Alan Rickman. Singer Céline Dion suffered two great tragedies – first her husband and two days later her brother died. And now, just a few months later, Prince has joined this esteemed group of late celebrities.

Today in Canada, there are more than 4,300 men, women, and children waiting for a lifesaving, medically urgent organ transplant. While everyone has the potential to be an organ and tissue donor, the reality is that donation is quite rare. On average, 2 to 3 per cent of hospital deaths happen in a way that allows someone to become an organ donor. In fact, the opportunity for organ donation is so unique that you are five times more likely to need an organ transplant during your lifetime than you are to donate.

Did you know that cremation has been used for thousands of years?  Cremated remains have been discovered that date back more than 20,000 years. In fact, in some countries, such as England and Japan, cremation is the most widely used practice.

There are several credits and benefits designed for seniors. Age amount. You can claim this amount if you were 65 years of age or older on December 31, 2015, and your net income is less than $82,353. The maximum amount you may be able to claim is $7,033. Pension income amount.  You may be able to claim up to $2,000 if you reported eligible pension, superannuation, or annuity payments on your return.

Thinking about making your final arrangements in advance? Here are the top five reasons to pre-plan now. 1) Pre-planning lets you make your wishes known to your family, ensuring that your funeral and cemetery arrangements will reflect your choices. 2) Pre-planning allows you to take the time to discuss the options with your family, freeing them from having to make difficult decisions during an emotional time.

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Cremation Nature Walk

Unique to our cemetery, Pleasantview is now offering our families an exclusive Nature Trail suitable for cremation interments.

The legacy you leave behind is as important as the life you live today. Pre-planning gives your family comfort, knowing everything has been arranged in advance and according to your wishes. It’s not just about taking care of the finances, it’s about choosing how you want to be remembered.

It's not a topic of conversation that comes up all that often, or all too easily but it's critical you know who you can turn to for such an important decision. You only get to choose your final resting place once and you don't want to feel pressure or regret for the choices you make.