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April 2021

Facing the end of life - a look at Kubler-Ross’ theories of coping with death and dying (part IV).


This month we look at the fourth stage of death and dying, according to Kubler-Ross. The fourth stage is depression.


At this stage, we may begin to withdraw from our regular routines, reduce our social contacts and isolate ourselves from those who care the most about us. We start to sense our pending loss and lack the strength to cope with what our future holds. As we enter deeper into depression, we may also grieve the end of our own life too. We start to look at our loved ones, our surroundings and our life’s work and realize we will not have it for much longer.


If we are able to get through the depression stage, we will finally move to the final stage; acceptance. We will look at acceptance next month as the final stage of this series on death and dying.

March 2021


Facing the end of life - a look at Kubler-Ross’ theories of coping with death and dying (part III)


We are continuing our series of the stages of death and dying by Kubler-Ross. This month we are looking at bargaining.


We all have all bargained at one time or another in our lives for more of what we enjoy. We ask our boss for a longer vacation, a better price for a car, or a lower price on a valuable item. In the bargaining stage of dying, we may bargain with doctors, our faith, or ourselves for a cure to our sickness. We may promise to care more for family, pray more for others, and be kinder to our bodies.


When bargaining fails to change our fate, we realize we are helpless to stop the coming finality of our life here on earth.


February 2021

Facing the end of life - a look at Kubler-Ross’ theories of coping with death and dying (part II)


Last month, we began looking at Kubler-Ross’ stages of death and dying. This month we will look more closely at the anger stage.


This phase may be marked with feelings of blame and outrage. When we face the end of our life, we may suddenly treat loved ones unkindly. We may express frustration and anger towards our doctors or nurses for not being able to cure us. The anger stage brings with it the understanding that the plans we made for our life will not happen. We are mad that our world is coming to an end and it is beyond our control.


For the families, it is important to know their loved one is not angry with them. They are angry at the situation. As we watch our loved one face the end, we can only try to be patient and supportive as possible.


January 2021


Facing the end of life - a look at Kubler-Ross’ theories of coping with death and dying (part I).


Many of us face the sad truth that we, or a loved one, is ill and facing life’s end. Our reaction may help or hinder how we face our situation.


Elizabeth Kubler-Ross described five stages of grief in her book, “On Death and Dying.” She stated the stages are: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression & Acceptance. The situation we are considering is a loved one facing a terminal illness.

This month we’ll look at denial. Our first reaction may be to deny what is happening. Hearing the doctor tell us we are not going to survive our illness makes us want to seek a second opinion. We tell ourselves that the doctor or the tests were wrong. We may not tell our loved ones and hope that hiding from the truth will make the sad news disappear.


There is no right or wrong way to deal with news that our lives or our loved one’s life is ending. We can only hope that the love and support we need will be there when we accept our circumstances.


November 2020


Comfort Dog

Meet Lethbridge’s Funeral Home Comfort Dog Aspen. She is a 7 year old Golden Mountain Dog. She came to us as a foster and immediately fit right into our family. Aspen has a unique comforting, calming and therapeutic disposition especially with young children. She is available upon request during arrangements, aftercare and for on site funerals.

October 2020

Green Burials

The Royal View Cemetery, located just north of Lethbridge, is home to Alberta’s first Green Cemetery.


According to The Green Burial Society of Canada, there are several strict guidelines to a green burial;


1. No Embalming

2. Direct Earth Burial

3. Ecological Restoration and

Conservation

4. Communal Memorialization

5. Optimized Land Use.


If you have any questions about Green Burials, please give Nicolas Salmon a call.


September 2020


Funeral Planning

By preplanning your funeral, you ensure that your final wishes will be fulfilled. You are able to take your time and specifically choose every aspect of your funeral. This, in turn, takes the burden off your family at a time of grief and emotional stress. Preplanning is free of charge at Salmon and Sons Funeral Home and only takes about an hour.

There is no need to pre-pay, but the benefit of pre-paying for your funeral, is that the price is locked in and guaranteed; no matter how much the price of funerals goes up in the future. You can choose to pay in one lump sum, or in smaller increments over months or years. We are able to make a payment plan that works best for you.


If you have a change of heart after you have pre-payed for a funeral, you have 30 days to cancel it without penalty or fee. After the 30 days, the contract can still be cancelled but the funeral home will be able to charge an administration fee.


Salmon and Sons Funeral Home honours other firms contracts 100%. If you wish to transfer your prearrangement from another firm, please contact us by phone 403-381-0590 or email info@salmonandsons.ca to make an appointment.

August 2020


Send A Condolence


If you would like to send a condolence to a loved one, just visit our website at

www.salmonandsons.ca and fill out our form and we will send it to the family on your behalf.

July 2020


Did you Know that we offer Private Condolences?


If you would like to send a condolence to a loved one, head to our website and choose “send a private condolence” from the menu on the left. Fill out our form on the page and we will send it to the family on your behalf.

June 2020


Funeral Planning

By preplanning your funeral, you ensure that your final wishes will be fulfilled. You are able to take your time and specifically choose every aspect of your funeral. This, in turn, takes the burden off your family at a time of grief and emotional stress. Preplanning is free of charge at Salmon and Sons Funeral Home and only takes about an hour.


There is no need to pre-pay, but the benefit of pre-paying for your funeral, is that the price is locked in and guaranteed; no matter how much the price of funerals goes up in the future. You can choose to pay in one lump sum, or in smaller increments over months or years. We are able to make a payment plan that works best for you.


If you have a change of heart after you have pre-payed for a funeral, you have 30 days to cancel it without penalty or fee. After the 30 days, the contract can still be cancelled but the funeral home will be able to charge an administration fee.


Salmon and Sons Funeral Home honours other firms contracts 100%. If you wish to transfer your prearrangement from another firm, please contact us.


If you wish to preplan your funeral, feel free to contact us by phone 403-381-0590 or email info@salmonandsons.ca to make an appointment.


April 2020

Salmon and Sons Funeral Home Ltd. Funeral Arrangements can be completed with the family at their house. Salmon and Sons Funeral Home offers at home arrangements for services to assist in minimising risks around COVID-19, it can also allow for greater personalisation of the funeral and the care provided.

March 2020


Facing the end of life - a look at Kubler-Ross’ theories of coping with death and dying (part IV).


This month we look at the fourth stage of death and dying, according to Kubler-Ross. The fourth stage is depression.


At this stage, we may begin to withdraw from our regular routines, reduce our social contacts and isolate ourselves from those who care the most about us. We start to sense our pending loss and lack the strength to cope with what our future holds. As we enter deeper into depression, we may also grieve the end of our own life too. We start to look at our loved ones, our surroundings and our life’s work and realize we will not have it for much longer.


If we are able to get through the depression stage, we will finally move to the final stage; acceptance. We will look at acceptance next month as the final stage of this series on death and dying.

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