Grief Recovery

"On a day of burial there is no perspective—for space itself is annihilated. Your dead friend is still a fragmentary being. The day you bury him is a day of chores and crowds, of hands false or true to be shaken, of the immediate cares of mourning. The dead friend will not really die until tomorrow, when silence is round you again. Then he will show himself complete, as he was—to tear himself away, as he was, from the substantial you. Only then will you cry out because of him who is leaving and whom you cannot detain.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944),
French aviator, author.
Flight to Arras, ch. 2 (1942)


Struggling With Grief

Grief work truly is work. A loss by death is the most difficult of all losses. The struggle grief brings may seem overwhelming at first but please understand that there is help and that things will improve. It is said that time heals all wounds. This period of time varies greatly from person to person. Your grief is individual, you will need to work through it in your own way and in your own time. The funeral celebration or memorial service is the first step in preparing the basis for your recovery. With the help of those around you, your family, friends and neighbours and the resources the Funeral Home offers, you will begin the healing and things will get better. You will always have the memories of those you have lost. There will be memories you will treasure and those you may regret. Remember that they are your memories and that you have ownership over them. Take heart, you will gain strength. The one you have lost can never truly be taken from you. You will find a place for them that is right for you and when you do all will be well. We pledge to assist you on this road to wellness, we may not have every answer, no one does, but we will provide our resources and assistance in any possible way. This web site makes accessible to you many of the available resources. We know you will find this information helpful. Our staff is here to assist you, please accept our offer of assistance and please use this site, its links and information to the fullest potential. — Rick Schneider.


Additional Resources

Our commitment to after care and grief recovery includes various information pamphlets and printed resources. Feel free to contact us for any of this information.

In 1997 the Shaunavon Palliative Care Committee placed a number of grief and bereavement resources in the Shaunavon Public Library as well as at all of the Shaunavon Schools. These books may also be available by ordering them through your local library as well. A complete listing is available by clicking here.

We are also proud to make available to you the library on line. For the full library listing please see below

Thank you for visiting our site. May these many resources assist and help you in your recovery. If you know of someone who can be helped by this information, please direct them to the site. Our hope is that it will help and inspire many.


Grief: General

These thoughtful articles provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief.

Helping Yourself with Grief

Someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who died. It is an essential part of healing. The following articles provide many practical suggestions to help you move toward healing in your unique grief journey.

Helping Others with Grief

A friend has experienced the death of someone loved. How can you help? The following articles provide many practical suggestions for helping others with grief:

For and About Grieving Children and Teenagers

Children and teenagers have special needs following the death of a friend or family member. The following articles provide wonderful insight in helping children and teens understand and express their grief.

Funerals, Memorials, Cremation and Related Topics

The days following the death of a loved one can be filled with sadness and confusion. The following articles can help you understand the importance of the rituals surrounding death.

For Funeral Directors

Effectively meeting the grief needs of customers in an increasingly impersonal world takes special effort on the part of professionals in the grief industry. The following articles are designed to help funeral directors gauge their own effectiveness and meet the challenges of serving customer needs.

For Hospices and Other Caregivers

Caregivers have special needs of their own. The following articles are designed to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as those who are suffering from loss. Companioning the Bereaved: An Introduction