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Grief is defined as the reaction to loss. The loss can be the result of death, loss of a relationship, a job, or anything other type of loss. It can manifest in diverse ways: physically, emotionally, socially and behaviourally. Physically, we may notice sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, or even shortness of breath. Emotionally we may feel vulnerable, lonely or abandoned. We may also notice that we tend to avoid social situations. Our behaviours may
It’s World Social Media Day (#SMDay) – a day to recognize and celebrate social media’s impact on global communication. As funeral service professionals, we use social media as a ways and means of communicating with families, our community, and colleagues from around the world. Our first foray with online communication was the development of our website, www.macleanfh.com almost two decades ago. Since that time, we’ve developed our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram pages,
June 23, 2018 has been designated as International Widow’s Day. This global awareness day was first created by the United Nations in 2010 to raise awareness of the violation of human rights that widows suffer in many countries, following the death of their partner. Challenges of widowhood Canadian women also face several challenges following the death of a partner, including emotional, financial, social and physical changes. Emotionally, widows have lost a partner and best friend,
The October, 1919 funeral cortege for The Reverend Daniel MacLean, father of MacLean Funeral Home founder, N. D. MacLean. (Photo courtesy of Prince Edward Island Public Archives and Records Office) How many times have we heard the phrase, “It’s the Island way”? There are any number of habits, phrases, or actions that can be deemed “the Island way”. In recent weeks, CBC PEI published an article about the PEI Highway Traffic Act and the legislation
This past weekend millions around the globe tuned in to watch Prince Harry marry Meaghan Markle. The observant watcher would have noticed something different – an empty seat, to the right of Prince William. Prince Harry and his bride ensured that Lady Diana was not absent from the ceremony. The empty seat recognized her physical absence from the event, but rest assured, she was in the hearts and minds of many. The bride and groom