As a member of the community, we at Highland Funeral Home understand the importance of maintaining a strong connection with our neighbours, and we proudly support local organizations, events, and initiatives which promote community values.
Typhoon Haiyan Relief
In light of the disaster in the Philippines, the Arbor Memorial Foundation has donated $5000 to the relief fund.
The Canadian government has set up the Philippines Crisis Matching Fund. This fund will match all donations made by individual Canadians toward typhoon relief. This is in addition to the up to $5-million in disaster relief the government announced on Saturday. If you would like to make a donation please do so here.
Note: The federal government has also set up phone numbers for Canadians looking for information on relatives and friends who may have been caught in the affected areas. They are 1-800-387-3124 or 613-996-8885 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Our thoughts are with all those that have been affected by this tragedy.
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To many of us, December is a month of celebration. We embrace the holiday season, celebrate the past year, and look forward to the next one. Memories, both happy and sad, come bursting to the forefront. And sometimes, when faced with loss in December, it can be even more difficult to deal with.
This month, the world is mourning a great loss, with the passing of Nelson Mandela. His life, his illness, and now his death, have been covered by media outlets across the globe because people everywhere have cared so deeply for this remarkable, inspirational man.
We hear so much during this time about recognizing his achievements, celebrating his life, and sustaining his message. For me, that message is hope. It's just a word but think how he brought it to life with his strength!
Of course, as well as honouring the man, we must mourn. The global grief is probably unprecedented and deep sorrow may visit you. Old losses may come to the surface or you might be facing a loss of this kind for the first time.
It's interesting; how we can feel so connected to someone we don't know personally. We have, as a society, just relived the Kennedy assassination, and now we say goodbye to Mandela. We look up to the great leaders of our time and are affected by their deaths. It's only human to feel those connections and mourn those losses. Some will feel the sadness as intensely as if they lost a friend. For others, it will remind them of more personal losses. We will also grieve for those who knew and loved Mandela he was, after all, a husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Lean into the pain
If you are feeling the pain of loss this holiday season, I want you to lean into it. It can't be outrun. There's no going over it, under it, or around it.
Don't let yourself get stuck in any one moment. Keep moving through it. It's a process, and it's work. It's okay to do this in small doses.
Feeling your loss doesn't have to be torture for you. Do as we do with Mandela honour his life. Smile. Be thankful for the gifts your loved one gave you maybe even gave the world.
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Thanksgiving Food Drive 2013
Healthy food helps build healthy communities!
Highland Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, Scarborough Chapel Invites you to join us in supporting the Agincourt Community Services Association 2013 Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA) is a non-profit organization in the heart of Agincourt addressing the needs of the community by focusing on services for individuals and families who are facing marginalization.
The most-needed items are:
We accept all non-perishable donations.
If you prefer to make a monetary donation, cheques can be made payable to Agincourt Community Services Association.
Highland Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, Scarborough Chapel is a proud supporter of Bereaved Families of Ontario.