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What is Grief?

"Grief is reaching out for someone who's always been there, only to find when you need them the most, one last time, they're gone."

The death of a loved one is life's most painful event. People's reactions to death remain one of society's least understood and most off-limits topics for discussion. Oftentimes, grievers are left totally alone in dealing with their pain, loneliness, and isolation.

Grief is a natural emotion that follows death. It hurts. Sadness, denial, guilt, physical discomfort, and sleeplessness are some of the symptoms of grief. It is like an open wound which must become healed. At times, it seems as if this healing will never happen. While some of life's spontaneity begins to return, it never seems to get back to the way it was. It is still incomplete. We know, however, that these feelings of being incomplete can disappear.

Healing is a process of allowing ourselves to feel, experience, and accept the pain. In other words, we give ourselves permission to heal. Allowing ourselves to accept these feelings is the beginning of that process.

The healing process can take much less time than we have been led to believe. There are two missing parts. One is a safe, loving, professionally guided atmosphere in which to express our feelings; the other is knowing how and what to communicate.

Immediate Need

If you have immediate need of our services, we're available for you 24 hours a day.

Obituaries & Tributes

It is not always possible to pay respects in person, so we hope that this small token will help.

Pre-Arrangement

Dying is one of the few events in life that's certain to occur, yet one we rarely plan for. Should we spend more time preparing for a two week vacation than we do our last days on Earth?

Daily Grief Support by Email

Grieving doesn't always end with the funeral: subscribe to our free daily grief support email program, designed to help you a little bit every day, by filling out the form below.

Weekly Email Tips to Support a Grieving Friend

It's hard to know what to say when someone experiences loss. Our free weekly newsletter provides insights, quotes and messages on how to help during the first year.

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(250) 537-1022 or 1-866-537-1022 Haywards Funeral Service
22-315 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V9
Fax: (250) 537 2012
Email: contact@haywardsfuneral.com
(250) 537-1022 or 1-866-537-1022 Haywards Funeral Service
22-315 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V9
Fax: (250) 537 2012
Email: contact@haywardsfuneral.com
(250) 537-1022 or 1-866-537-1022 Haywards Funeral Service
22-315 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V9
Fax: (250) 537 2012
Email: contact@haywardsfuneral.com
(250) 537-1022 or 1-866-537-1022 Haywards Funeral Service
22-315 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V9
Fax: (250) 537 2012
Email: contact@haywardsfuneral.com
(250) 537-1022 or 1-866-537-1022 Haywards Funeral Service
22-315 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V9
Fax: (250) 537 2012
Email: contact@haywardsfuneral.com