The Secret by Lynn Brown-Poole

The Secret by Lynn Brown-Poole May 2022   The old woman is sitting peacefully in her recliner. She looks regal with her coifed chignon and svelte figure dressed in simple elegance. She pretends to be watching TV, but she is deep in her thoughts, her memories, tucked far away in the past, but still sharp … Continued

The Saddle Shoes by Lynn Brown-Poole

The Saddle Shoes by Lynn Brown-Poole As the cold winds of November bore down on us and the clouds became dark and heavy, I, the person who loves to be outdoors, became quite content to remain inside. This was the month that I would whittle away at my “to do” list. The month that I … Continued

Denis Marcoux – A Career Dedicated to Service

In 1971, a tall, lanky, young man walked into Green Acres Funeral Home in the francophone community of St. Boniface, Manitoba looking for a job. When he was hired as an apprentice, he couldn’t believe his luck.  As an apprentice he would not only have a job, but he would learn a trade. During the … Continued

Bees Voluntas

SUSTAINABILITY AND ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY

Sustainability and ecological integrity are two important principles that guide Voluntas in our day-to-day operations and ongoing effort to be the leader in forward-thinking for funeral services. Thus, when Voluntas was ready to expand, we purchased the building and grounds of St. Genevieve United Church where we were able to inject new life into a … Continued

Filou, The Comfort Dog Extraordinaire

The pain of loss was crushing Mary (not her real name). She didn’t know where she would find the strength to plan her baby’s funeral. She just wanted to stay home, curl up in a ball and stay in bed. But, she had to be strong for her baby. She showered, dressed, left the house … Continued

COVID-19

COVID-19

Updated March 21, 2022 Quebec is easing the pandemic sanitary measures. Mesures in place as of March 12, 2022: https://cdn-contenu.quebec.ca/cdn-contenu/sante/documents/Problemes_de_sante/covid-19/measures-in-effect.pdf?1645459629 All funeral rituals are possible. No restrictions on the number of person to attend visitation, funeral services and reception. Vaccine passport not required. One meter social distancing is required. Food and alcoholic beverage services are … Continued

Positivity

Positivity

In 1955, my parents took a brave decision to leave their neighborhood of birth and move the family far away to what would soon be known as the suburbs, specifically Beaconsfield. My parents, my older brother, Peter and I moved into our small 3-bedroom bungalow on Friday, October 28th and the next day on October … Continued

Decluttering

SIMPLICITY, A KEY TO HAPPINESS

Simplicity. The Collins dictionary defines simplicity as a noun meaning to make less complicated. As we begin a new decade, wouldn’t it be nice to live a simpler, less complicated life? But the real question is: how can we make our lives meaningful all the while making it less complicated? As a wife, mother and … Continued