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Self-Care Strategies

Unfortunately, after losing a loved one, life’s daily responsibilities don’t stop. We have jobs, daily chores, and other people to care for. On top of that, we’re grieving an unimaginable loss.

During this time, it can be easy to lose track of taking care of ourselves. But without a healthy emotional outlet to grieve, we run the risk of complicating our grief.

Below we’ve compiled a list of self-care strategies to make sure you take the time you need to help yourself heal.

Physical Health
Take a walk, preferably in nature. A nice walk in the woods, at a park, or even around the neighborhood is proven to do you some good. According to studies, a simple stroll can lead to a decrease in depression, improved mental health, and lower daily stress.
If you’re not up for a walk, take a nap. The National Sleep Foundation found that even a short 20-minute nap improves our mood.
Make a trip to the spa or plan a DIY spa day at home.
Plan to eat healthier. Not only does healthy food make us feel better, but cooking is another healthy habit to relieve stress.
Take the time to stretch throughout the day. Simple stretching increases blood flow and improves our mood. Here are 12 tips to daily stretching that you can do at work.
Join a community sports league.
Sign up for a yoga class. Check out our guide on how yoga can help us cope with grief.
Practice breathing exercises.
Visit an anger room.
Sign up for a marathon or triathlon.
Join a grief dance therapy class.
Emotional Health
Smile more.

Studies found that a simple smile is all it takes to improve one’s mood.

Pick up a good book. Reading is another stress-relieving activity. Some studies even found that reading a book can reduce stress and anxiety levels by more than two-thirds.
Plan a night out with friends and family. Or invite them over for a nice homecooked meal and some quality time together.
Strive for better work-life balance.
Look through old photographs.
Keep a griever’s journal.
Designate a quiet place at work, home, or somewhere else where you can go and quietly reflect.
Have a movie marathon.
Plan a vacation to somewhere new.
Cross something off your bucket list. Or if you don’t have one, create a bucket list.
Find a new hobby. Take this hobby quiz to see what new hobby might be best for you.
Adopt a pet. An animal companion is a proven stress reducer and mood booster.
Join a local support group.
Visit your loved one at their memorial or gravesite.
Sign up for an art therapy class.
Create a personal soundtrack. Many counselors recommend music for its stress relieving power.
Cry. There’s a reason we cry when we feel sad. It’s a perfectly natural way to reduce stress instantly.
Spiritual Health
Find local volunteer opportunities.
Have a spring cleaning day and donate old items to local charities.
Head to your preferred place of worship and spend quiet time in prayer or reflection.
Set up a time to visit with your preferred religious leader to have a private conversation.
Practice daily gratitude.  Learn to be more patient with daily life.
Practice kindness and empathy. Both help release feel-good hormones and ease daily anxiety.
Learn to forgive — it’s not only good for spiritual health, it helps improve emotional and physical health, too.
Practice daily mediations. Here’s a list of free mindful mediations.
Plan your own spiritual journey.
Practice positive thinking.

Welcome Marion Hornell

Dan and I are pleased to welcome Marion Hornell to our funeral home. Marion with her over 20 years in catering, will be offering her catering services to the families at the funeral home.  Marion’s homemade foods provide families the opportunity to come together with family and friends during and in-between visitations, as well as after services.  Welcome Marion!

Gregory Drive Alliance Church – GriefShare


Gregory Drive Alliance Church

255 Gregory Dr. W. Chatham, ON N7L 0E2

Contact person

Janie Anderson – Nina Van Kesteren, GriefShare Coordinators
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Child care

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Church sponsor

Gregory Drive Alliance Church


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Pre-Planning Just Makes Sense

It is not something we like to think about, let alone talk about.  But it something all of us will experience.  The loss of a loved one.  We invite families to start the conversation with us.  Dan and Dianne will share their expertise and compassion with families that need  to make these decisions, whether at a time of loss or in pre planning a loved one’s service.  Let’s start the conversation today.

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now”  ~ Alan Lakein

Pre-Planning Just Makes Sense…Call for an appointment today.  519-352-2710


A Time To Mourn

The Blenheim and Area Bereavement Support Program:

known as “…a time to mourn…”

A significant personal loss created a need for support and education in her own grief journey. After volunteering for several years, she became a student of Dr. Alan Wolfelt, PhD., the director of the Centre for Loss and Life Transition in Colorado.

Seven years of coordinating the Bereavement Program and Seven Death and Grief Studies Certificates bring Dixie to the Wellness Centre, where she continues to “companion” the bereaved.

Services Offered:

We offer:                                    For the bereaved through:

  • Support                                     * One-on-One sessions
  • Education                                  * Workshops
  • Hope                                         * Support Groups


We are located at the McLauchlin Wellness Clinic – 110 Talbot Street, Blenheim ON N0P 1A0 Phone: (519) 676-3311

To The Families of Chatham-Kent

It is with great sense of accomplishment, that Dan and I are able to cordially invite the families of Chatham-Kent to share in an afternoon of celebration in the completion of the Alexander & Houle Funeral Home, on Sunday June 26th, from 1 to 4 p.m. After many months of planning, designing, and construction, Dan and I have completed the funeral home. Jorden and Cook Architect Ltd. assisted in designing a building that incorporated some of the historical features of our prior building. With the help and wonderful friendship of Ron Male and his family, we built a home that would be welcoming and comforting to its families. Many people and businesses in this community of Chatham-Kent shared in our journey of building our new home. They shared their time, talents, enthusiasm and pride in the construction and completion of the funeral home. Dan and I could not be more proud and thankful of their efforts. Together we created a home built by, and for, our community.

Special thanks to Westhoek Construction for their assistance on this project. We could not have done this without you! For the many trades that contributed their own special expertise, we thank you. Construction on the building began in early September and by the beginning of May what we envisioned came to be. Again with the support of our community, our building’s interiors were furnished by many local merchants.

After the fire and while our new home was being built, we were able to continue to serve our community of Chatham-Kent with the help of Kevin Cavanagh and his funeral home, Haycock-Cavanagh. Heartfelt gratitude is extended to Kevin and his wonderful staff, and family, for their assistance and unconditional support and friendship.

To our community, we are so blessed. Thank you for your support throughout our journey. Your many acts of kindness and thoughtfulness will never be forgotten. We are proud and honoured to serve the families of Chatham-Kent. To our staff (our funeral family), John Saunders, Bob Belbeck, Bob Smith, Evelyn Reeve, Susan Brooks, Cheryl Crow, Sandra Barnes and Kathy Mallot, thank you for simply just being you and for the love you always abundantly share with our family and the families we serve.

Shortly after the fire Jim and Lisa Gilbert wrote an article entitled “Funeral Home Loss Akin To Death In Family”, explaining that “Summerlands” (a name given to the original home) can be explained as a place “where souls can pause, reflect, and then go on to their reincarnation”. May our new funeral home, our staff, and our own family, create a home that embodies the true essence of its previous families and past funeral home owners. This home has been created with much love and respect for each and all that pass through its doors.

Please join us on Sunday afternoon and enjoy celebrating the completion of the funeral home.

Kindest Regards,
Anne, Dan, Jacob & Sarah Houle

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