Memorial Jewelry: A Beautiful Way to Remember

  • December 1, 2018
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Blog Article by Arbor MemorialIn the Victorian era (1837-1901), mourning jewelry was a common way to memorialize a loved one. The fashion was popularized by Queen Victoria, who was so devastated by her husband Prince Albert’s death, that she wore mourning clothes for the remainder of her life. Queen Victoria favoured jet mourning jewelry, which was deep black – a...

Planning for Milestones in Our Lives

  • November 1, 2018
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Life is full of experiences, happy and sad, expected and unexpected. Pre-planning for some milestones, like a wedding, can go on for over a year. Yet, a sudden loss catches many families off guard with planning constrained to less than a week. Pre-planning is an opportunity to gather your thoughts and style a celebration of your life and lifestyle now....

Celebrating Life, Sharing Food

  • October 1, 2018
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Hello! My name is Michael Williams. I am a classically-trained chef, born and raised in Victoria. I have traveled to many places in the world to learn my craft and now I am happily settled in Victoria. Many people know me as the ‘Country Grocer’ chef. For the past three years, I’ve been the Executive Chef offering catering services to all of the ‘Sands Funeral Home’ locations on Vancouver Island,...

A Time to Remember

  • September 1, 2018
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By Bruce Simpson, Cemetery Manager Hatley Memorial GardensThe need to say goodbye is a universal human experience. Through every era and across all cultures, our families, friends and communities commemorate the death of someone special with ceremonies to mark their passing. Over the years in Canada, this ritual has become a standardized service recognized as the “classic funeral.” This beautiful,...

Who is Your Power of Attorney?

  • June 1, 2018
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  Our team of highly trained professionals at Farley Martin Notaries Public are here to assist you in completing your full and complete Estate plan.Most adults understand the concept that a Will is an important document to create when you have assets, debts and, most importantly, minor children. However, many people are unaware that a Will only plays part of the...

FINANCIAL ADVANTAGES OF PLANNING AHEAD

  • June 1, 2018
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By Bruce Simpson, Cemetery Manager Hatley Memorial GardensIt's hard enough to think about death without having to consider the financial realities that go along with it. Making the right decisions about funeral and memorial expenses can be especially tough when you’re grieving the loss of a loved one. But, as thousands of Canadian families have already discovered, there’s a way...

Reach Out to Support Grieving Parents

  • May 1, 2018
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By Bruce Simpson, Cemetery Manager Hatley Memorial GardensMy mother told me nonchalantly the other day that she wasplanning on attending a friend’s funeral later in the week. She also told me that she has reached a point in her life where she finds herself searching obituaries for a familiar face or someone she had known. This has become part of her morning habit. Over the...

The Landscape of Your Life

  • March 30, 2018
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By Julie Evans, Funeral Chapel Manager Sands Funeral Chapel Cremation and Reception Centre, ColwoodThe need to say goodbye is a universal human experience. Through every era and across all cultures, our families, friends and communities commemorate the death of someone special with ceremonies to mark their passing. Over the years, this ritual has become a standardized service recognized as the “classic funeral.” This beautiful, traditional format is still...
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