The Path We All Walk

HealingThere are 7 steps that every family goes through when they lose a loved one. It knocks you off your normal path of life and, at times onto a very painful path. Someday you’ll get back to your normal life but, during this time, your life is definitely not normal. We’ve seen every family go through these same steps.

It’s important that you know that these steps have nothing to do with cremation versus burial or even how much someone spends on a service.

The first step on this painful path is a sense of Private Shock, a deep feeling of…emptiness as you realize you’ll never see them again. At this point many people feel physical pain. The heart races, you become short of breath, and you become lightheaded. Tears aren’t far behind. For some people this lasts just a few minutes for others this can last weeks, months or years.

Next, word begins to spread. Many times this task will fall on the shoulders of one or two family members. Making the phone calls, spreading the news. Word first spreads through the immediate family, then the extended family – brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren. This might take a few hours or even a few days.

Inevitably what happens next is the family gathers to support each other and to make pressing decisions like who’s going to go to the funeral home to make arrangements. If you are reading this email series, you are either planning ahead for yourself or you know that you’ll be nominated to make arrangements for a loved one. We know it’s a big responsibility. It’s important for you to know that it’s our mission in life to help you help your family. Let’s talk about what’s coming next…

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Beautiful Memorial Merchandise

Lady selecting urnAt Elite Funeral Directors we carry a wide variety of beautiful memorial merchandise including crystal urns, biodegradable urns, scattering tubes, beads, crosses and pendants. As the official Elite office cat, I personally help select many items (although Diane & Scott get the final say).

We have also recently added a line of pet urns to take care of my furry friends. And yes, that was my idea 🙂

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One of our favorite ways to help a grieving family is to create a video tribute for them. Using our specialised software package, all it takes is 15 to 25 photos and we can create a beautiful video tribute that your friends and family will cherish. Below is an example of a video tribute. If you would like one created for your family please do not hesitate to call us.

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by Diane Luccitti

At Elite Funeral Directors, we believe that everyone deserves a Beautiful Farewell and we work hard to ensure that every family serve has this healing experience.

However, we know that many families served by other funeral directors may not have had an experience that truly honours the life of their loved one. The result is that many family members will languish in grief for an extended period of time. Being stuck in grief can lead to depression, harm their relationship and reduce productivity.

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Seasons of Grief

Seasons of Grief

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Shall I wither and fall like an autumn leaf,
From this deep sorrow – from this painful grief?
How can I go on or find a way to be strong?
Will I ever again enjoy life’s sweet song?

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Visit Our New Facebook Page


It’s finally here! Our new Facebook page is now live.

I’ve been talking to Diane & Scott about updating Facebook for months (maybe even years). They finally agreed with me and we are starting to post all sorts of great content.

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