McPherson Funeral Service is pleased to offer a wide variety of both on-going and seasonal events. We invite you to return often to see what’s coming up on our calendar. If you’d like to keep up-to-date, we invite you to visit our social media pages.
Service of RemembranceThursday, November 09, 2017 : 12:00 AM to Monday, December 04, 2017 : 8:00 PM
McPherson Funeral Service will be hosting it's 12th Annual Service of Remembrance with Pastor Grant McDowell, Pastor Kevin Ewaskow, Gordon Murphy, Desirae Fullerton, Charlotte Ternoway and Dane Chasca taking part in the service. We invite anyone in the community who has lost someone they love to come and share in this night of reflection and inspiration.
McPherson's 12th Annual Service of Remembrance will be held on Monday, December 4, 2017 at McPherson Funeral Home in Cranbrook at 7:00 pm.
Please RSVP to McPherson Funeral Service by Friday, December 1, 2017, at 4:30 pm by calling 250-426-3132 or 250-427-7221 if you would like to attend our service.
Grief Share CranbrookThursday, November 09, 2017 : 12:00 AM to Sunday, September 30, 2018 : 12:00 AM
Grief Share Cranbrook
Grief Share is a weekly grief support group. They started their group meetings in Cranbrook on September 15, 2015.
For more information on Grief Share, please call: 250-489-4704 or e-mail: email@example.com
Help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend.
..."it felt good to know I am not alone"... a Grief Share group member
Cranbrook • Kimberley Hospice SocietyThursday, November 09, 2017 : 12:00 AM to Friday, May 31, 2019 : 12:00 AM
“Hands that Serve & Hearts that Care”
Who We Are & What We Do
The Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society offers many free services to our communities and surrounding areas.
Our volunteers receive 33 hours of training over a period of seven weeks. This provides them with knowledge to support and listen compassionately to clients and their families. We do not offer direct client care or housework. Our sole purpose is to be there.
At present the free services we offer are:
Client and Family Companion Visits
Our trained volunteers spend time with clients wherever the client is – at home, in hospital, in extended care or in residential care. Each volunteer has signed a confidentiality form and has had a criminal record check. Our dedicated team of volunteers have committed to four hours of service each week. They are available to their clients for regular visits. They are not rushed and have time just to be with them or their families to support and listen to their concerns with a non-judgmental attitude.
A Hospice volunteer will companion you and your family during the dying time of your life journey. We are available to you from the time of diagnosis until the end. They can help you navigate the system and share resource information that is available to you. Their compassionate listening skills are a calming gift for you and your family during what is often a very stressful and confusing time.
When requested, Vigil can be provided for those at their dying time wherever the client is. Four hour shifts 10:00PM – 2:00AM and 2:00AM – 6:00AM. (This would be usually offered during the last 72 hours). We hope this allows the family some respite and peace of mind that their loved one is not alone. It also can be to companion the family during their personal vigil.
Music Care Program
We have Music Carts available to our clients to enjoy during times of agitation, pain and transition. We also have a team who can help you create a top ten list of your favorite songs to be burned to CD for your continued pleasure and use.
After the client passes the volunteer will keep in touch with the family or friend through face to face visits or phone calls for up to one year. Our volunteers receive twelve hours of training specifically dedicated to companioning those who are grieving.
Drop-in Grief Chat
Come by from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon Wednesday Mornings to spend time with one of our Bereavement facilitators.
Every November we offer a Bereavement Support Group facilitated by experienced volunteers for 12 weeks. Some of our bereavement facilitators participated in an additional four day intensive Bereavement Support Group training program offered at the Center for Loss and Life Transition. Currently our program involves six classes before the Christmas holidays and six classes following the holidays.
Walk & Talk Program
In the spring when weather permits, usually the first part of May, there is a Walk & Talk program available. This is designed for bereaved people to meet others who share similar feelings. It is 6 organized outings on Monday mornings from 10:30AM – 12:00 noon. The ratio is one trained volunteer to three participants. The focus is to provide some fresh air, mild exercise, and some socialization for the grieving participants. In some cases the participants develop rapport and carry on with their own walking group afterwards.
This program is for elementary aged children who have experienced a loss in their lives through, separation, divorce, death or a move to a new community and is designed to help them develop coping skills. It is a 12 week program facilitated by specially trained, caring and compassionate adults. This program is available in Cranbrook and Kimberley.
Infant Loss Program
Support for parents and families following the death of a babe from conception up to one year.
Trained volunteers are available Monday – Friday from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital. These volunteers can stay with a client while their family goes for dinner or has a break. They are available to answer questions, offer Hospice information, advocate for the client and companion the family.
This group is for volunteers who want to support Hospice but do not want to work directly with clients. For example, these volunteers could help with fundraising events, help with special projects or help in the office when required.
The Cranbrook Kimberly Hospice Society holds informative education meetings in both communities and surrounding areas. April is Advanced Care Planning month and we will sponsor public meetings to learn more about “My Voice” which is a government program available to all of us. Check your local newspaper for dates and times in your community to learn more about this.
You are invited to go to our website and look for “Grief Words” under resources. This is a list of useful information written by Dr. Alan Wolfelt regarding your grief journey.
Contact us at 250-417-2019 or toll free at 1-855-417-2019.
Dr. Alan WolfeltWednesday, November 22, 2017 : 12:00 AM to Tuesday, May 15, 2018 : 8:00 AM
McPherson Funeral Service is proud to announce that they will be bringing the renowned Dr. Alan Wolfelt back to Cranbrook for another grief seminar on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 for the public and a workshop on Thursday, March 15, 2018 for caregivers.
The grief seminar and workshop (probably will be held at the Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre (803 - Cranbrook Street) - we need to confirm the location) from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 for the public and from 9:00 am until 12 Noon on Thursday, March 15, 2018 for Caregivers. Tickets cost $10.00 each.
The tickets will be on sale at McPherson Funeral Home in Cranbrook starting Monday, January 15, 2018. They will be available at the funeral home Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm. The accepted payment method will be cash or cheque only.
Exploring Death, Grief, and Mourning: An Evening with Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt
For the public
Purpose: We look forward to having you join us for this evening of hope and healing. Someone in your life has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. This compassionate program provides you support in your personal grief experience.
Why This Program: The capacity to love requires the necessity to mourn when someone you love dies. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend an evening with one of North America’s leading grief counselors and authors. Dr. Wolfelt can and will help you feel support in your grief.
Who Should Attend: This compassionate program will be helpful to anyone who is experiencing grief in their lives. If you know anyone who may benefit from this opportunity to embrace hope and healing, please let them know about this program. We look forward to having you with us.
Among the content areas to be explored in this workshop are the following:
• Acknowledging the Need to Mourn
• Exploring a Multitude of Emotions
• Recognizing Unique Aspects of Your Personal Grief
• Defining Your Special Needs in Five Areas of Loss
• Understanding the Importance of Self-Care
• Identifying the Value of Support Systems
• Describing Six Important Needs of Mourning
• Exploring the Transformative Nature of Grief
• Having Hope for Your Healing
• The Bill of Rights of the Mourner
The Art of “Companioning” the Mourner: Caring Versus Curing
Purpose: This informative workshop will help us enhance your knowledge and skills related to supporting people experiencing grief and loss. Anchored in Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s “companioning” model of grief care, there will be a recognition of how grief and mourning are normal and necessary experiences that are fundamentally a journey of the heart and soul. A critical distinction between caring versus curing will be outlined. You will go away with a wealth of knowledge surrounding the transformative nature of grief.
Who Should Attend: This workshop will be helpful to anyone who wants to learn more about essential caregiving principles for caring for grieving persons. It will be particularly helpful to counselors, social workers, clergy, chaplains, nurses and lay ministers. If you know someone who would find this helpful, encourage them to register!
Upon completion of this workshop the participant will be able to:
- Define a Broader Framework for Loss/Grief
- Explain the Distinction Between “Caring” versus “Curing”
- Understand the Eleven Tenets of “Companioning” versus “Treating” the Mourner
- Identify the Concept of “Shadow of the Ghosts” of Grief
Define Six Universal Needs of Mourning
Among the content areas to be explored in this workshop are the following:
• Exploring a Broader Framework for Loss/Grief
• How our Culture Values “Cure” Over “Care”
• Understanding the Concepts of “Sanctuary” and “Hospitality” that require Convalescence
• Defining the Concept of “Shadow of the Ghosts”
• Exploring Inappropriate Socio-Cultural Assumptions About Grief
• Challenging the “Resolution Wish”
• Introduction to the Eleven Tenets of “Companioning” the Mourner
• Advocating for the Slow Grief Movement
About the Presenter: Dr. Alan Wolfelt is a noted author, educator, and grief counselor. Recipient of the Association for Death Education and Counseling’s Death Educator Award, he serves as the Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, CO. He is also a faculty member of the University of Colorado Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine.
Who Should Attend: This compassionate workshop will help anyone who wants to learn more about how to support those who have experienced loss. Nurses, psychologists, counselors, social workers, chaplains, and other interested health care professionals helping individuals cope with traumatic grief are invited to attend. Regardless of your specific job title or life role, you can and will benefit from this learning experience.