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We are ONE in September

Hello! September is a time of year that reminds us of change - a new school year, home project or the cusp of a new season. However this month also  brings with it a reminder that many people around us need a helping hand, a kind word or someone to just listen.  September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day; join us to bring awareness to this important cause.

According to the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention (CASP), approximately 11 people will end their lives today by suicide and another 210 will attempt to do so. It has been estimated that for each death, 7-10 bereaved people are left behind to deal with the trauma and grief of losing someone dear.  

These numbers are sobering to say the least. Besides the terrible loss and potential loss of life, the fact that every day, close to 100 people are newly bereaved by suicide means we as a community must work together to eliminate stigma and raise awareness. One life saved is well worth the effort. One person who receives mental health support is well worth the effort.

Among those most at risk in Canada are youth, middle aged men, seniors and indigenous people. Suicide is a complex issue and cannot be attributed to one factor. Not all people who die by suicide have a mental illness and not all those who are mentally ill commit suicide. Factors such as loss, addictions, childhood trauma or other forms of trauma, depression, serious physical illness, and major life changes can make some people feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. It is important to remember that it isn’t necessarily the nature of the loss or stressor that is as important as the individual’s experience that these things feel unbearable.

You may recall in May of this year, the staff at Bay Gardens and Bayview Cemetery held a special month-long campaign to raise public awareness of women's cancers. This month, we continue our work of bringing important issues to the forefront. With September 10th being World Suicide Prevention Day, we felt it was good timing to turn our focus to reducing the stigma associated with suicide and helping anyone in need. Our uniforms will change for the month of September, with staff wearing scarves and ties in yellow and orange. These colours represent the awareness ribbon of the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention and signify the rising sun and the flickering flame of a candle, both symbols of light and hope.

We invite you to share this purpose with us.

Be one who wears a ribbon. Be one who reaches out. Be one who speaks up. Be one who listens. Be one who makes a difference. Be ONE.

Contact www.suicideprevention.ca for your nearest crisis centre.


Let's Talk About Men's Health

Hello! You may recall in May and September of this year, the staff at Bay Gardens and Bayview Cemetery held special, month-long campaigns to raise public awareness of women's cancers and suicide prevention, respectively. 

This month, we continue our work of bringing important issues to the forefront. With November being known for the Movember movement, we felt it was a good chance for us to turn our focus to the awareness of men's cancers and mental health. Our uniforms will change for the month with the addition of a new tie and scarf, and lapel pins showing the necktie logo of Prostate Cancer Canada. The various shades of blue represent the awareness colours of these two leading men's health organizations. These organizations tackle men's health on a global scale, year round, addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, suicide prevention and mental health. They know what works for men, and how to find and fund the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact.

Our fathers, brothers, partners and friends face a health crisis that isn't being talked about enough. Men are dying too young and we cannot afford to stay silent.

Working to support the Movember movement and Prostate Cancer Canada, as well as the many fine organizations offering men's services in the Hamilton and surrounding areas,  we invite you to share this purpose with us. If talking about it helps to save one person, it is well worth it. Watch our Facebook page to hear more about what we're doing.

Visit https://ca.movember.com or www.prostatecancer.ca for more information.


Healing Through the Holidays

Hello! On December 4th, we held our annual Holiday Memorial Service in honour of the families served this past year, by both our funeral home and cemetery locations. Close to 250 people attended the moving, solemn candle light ceremony, to hear their loved one's name read during the service and light a candle in memory.

 

As we head into the holiday season, complete with the hustle and bustle that usually comes with it, we are reminded that this time of year, though joyous to most, can be a painful reminder for those who are bereaved.  Gatherings of family and friends often strike a sensitive chord as we remember and grieve for a loved one.

We have outlined some ideas that we hope will assist you throughout the season and encourage you to care for yourself in the best way you can:

We need to share our memories...through photos and stories, or by lighting a special candle during the day or at a meaningful time.

We need to share and express our feelings...by surrounding ourselves with people who understand and care; by sitting with our sadness - tears are healing; by accepting good feelings - it is okay to laugh, you are not being disrespectful to someone's memory.

We need to set limits...by engaging in activities that will keep us grounded; by choosing to socialize or not and by feeling free to cancel or leave an event; by letting go of the notion that we need to do everything - let others cook or help; by planning time so we don't over commit.

We need to be kind to ourselves...by slowing down the holiday pace - take it one day at a time; by finding ways to pamper ourselves; by eating well, taking walks, getting sufficient sleep and not overindulging in alcohol; by talking and seeking out support with friends, family or groups. 

If you require assistance in dealing with grief, please contact Friends In Grief and ask them about their peer bereavement support sessions. Next groups start in January and are offered free of charge to all adults. Contact them at (905) 318-0059 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit them online at www.friendsingrief.ca to see how they can help you.

We at Bay Gardens Funeral Home and Bayview Cemetery, Crematory & Mausoleum wish you all a safe and healthy season.

 


In Touch Online

Hello! We at Bay Gardens and Bayview Cemetery hope you have managed to stay cool and hydrated through the summer weather. Things typically slow down a little in the hot summer months for most organizations but we've been busy planning ahead for the Fall.

 

Keep your eye on our newsletter, social media pages and on our website at BayGardens.ca to see what's happening. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your summer.


 

 

Radio-microphoneWe're On The Air

In case you haven't heard, we're now on CHML AM900 talk radio in Hamilton. Listen during the morning and afternoon drive times for us, or better yet, call us directly if you have any questions. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (905) 574-0405 or visit us online at BayGardens.ca.


 

July 13 - Pre-Planning at Twenty Place

We were honoured to be invited to speak with a panel of experts to the residents of Twenty Place Community, located in Glancaster, near the Hamilton Airport. Lisa Palmer, our Pre-Planning Advisor and licensed funeral director, was on hand to discuss the merits of prearranged funerals. With a variety of options and flexible payment plans, prearranging makes good fiscal sense and should be part of everyone's estate planning. For information, contact Lisa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (905) 574-0405. 

Facility Tours

If your group or organization would like a tour of any of our facilities, please contact us at (905) 574-0405 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Get a brief overview of any of our beautiful facilities, enjoy light refreshments and let us answer your questions with no pressure or obligation. Contact us today.


 
Friends In Grief News

Fall sessions begin next month at our Hamilton and Burlington locations. Keep an eye on the schedule at friendsingrief.ca for upcoming bereavement support sessions starting this fall. Contact Friends In Grief at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (905) 318-0059 to register. Remember there is never a fee for programs.

Monthly Social Outings

Monthly lunch outings are available to group members and facilitators. There is no charge to attend; your only cost is your lunch choice from the menu. Outings take place the 2nd Friday of each month @ noon.

August 12 - Pier 4 William's Cafe

September 9 - Sackville Senior's Centre, 780 Upper Wentworth Street, Hamilton, Ontario, L9A 4V5 (no need to be a senior)

December - A Christmas luncheon will be planned

January to June 2017 - Sackville Senior's Centre


 

Our Crematorium, Our Standards

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We own the only crematorium in Burlington and are committed to providing valuable cremation services to you and your family. Our Bay Gardens Cremation Confidence Program, a triple layer of identification processes, ensures your loved one receives the highest level of care and respect deserved. Ask us about the Cremation Confidence Program today.


 

Lowest Priced Funeral Home

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Our Burlington location, at 1010 Botanical Drive, is situated in a beautiful location with views of the wooded grounds of Bayview Cemetery and the bay beyond. We are conveniently located within 1km of 3 local cemeteries. For us, serene and well-appointed doesn't mean overpriced. We are proud to be the lowest-priced, full service funeral home in Burlington. Our reception facilities are beautiful and available to you even if your funeral is elsewhere. But don't take our word for it, call us at (905) 527-0405 and arrange to see our facilities for yourself.


 

Transfer Your Funeral For Free

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We own the only crematorium in Burlington and are committed to providing valuable cremation services to you and your family. Our Bay Gardens Cremation Confidence Program, a triple layer of identification processes, ensures your loved one receives the highest level of care and respect deserved. Ask us about the Cremation Confidence Program today.

 


 

Keeping Connected

You can stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter (@BayGardens).

We also write a monthly blog and we have received positive feedback! You can read this month's blog post here.

Do you have an idea or a question you would like an expert Funeral Director to explore on our blog? Send your ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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In Touch Online

Hello! We hope you have been able to keep cool and hydrated during the hot weather lately. July has started off as a busy month for events and happenings around town, starting off the month with Canada Day celebrations.

Canadian flag Speaking of Canada Day, what a perfect time to check your Canadian flag to see if it needs replacing. Our Flag Exchange Program is available to anyone at no charge. Simply bring your old or worn Canadian flag to either of our Hamilton or Burlington funeral homes and we will replace it FREE. Flags are 18" x 36" and are perfect for your home, cottage or boat.

 

Thank You For Your Votes!

Bay Gardens extends a warm thank you to Hamilton and surrounding areas for voting us in again this year in the Hamilton Community News Readers Choice Awards. We won Gold for Best Funeral Home, Silver for Best in Bereavement Services and Bronze for Best Funeral Director, Joe Tinebra. Congratulations, Joe! And to our surrounding communities...it is our privilege to serve you.


 

Radio-microphoneWe're On The Air

In case you haven't heard, we're now on CHML AM900 talk radio in Hamilton. Listen during the morning and afternoon drive times for us, or better yet, call us directly if you have any questions. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (905) 574-0405 or visit us online at BayGardens.ca.


 

June 2 - Festitalia Italian Heritage Awards @ Michelangelo's Banquet Centre

Once again, we were pleased to support the Italian community of Hamilton and area as Award Sponsor at the annual Festitalia Italian Heritage Awards. The mission of Festitalia Corporation is to develop and promote, in the City of Hamilton, a festival of significant impact that shares and promotes Italian culture and heritage with the community-at-large. Congratulations to all award nominees and recipients. 

June 3 - Golden Years Expo @ Hamilton Air Force Association

We were on hand at the recent Golden Years Expo in Dundas, Ontario. Golden Years is an annual health and wellness fair for people aged 50 and better, and is held in various locations around the GTA. The expo provides a wide range of exhibitors and vendors offering a variety of services, resources and products from the community. Attendees can expect activities, entertainment and education throughout the day. Admission is FREE. Click here for information on upcoming fairs near you and visit our booth next time for a chance to win great prizes.

June 8 - Zonta Hamilton Golf Tournament

Zonta-eventOur own staff members Lisa Palmer and Sheila Creighton (pictured on the right in the photo) enjoyed a Caribbean-themed day at the 2016 Zonta Classic. The tournament took place at Twenty Valley Golf and Country Club in beautiful wine country - Vineland, Ontario. Zonta Clubs in Southern Ontario have been hosting women's only golf tournaments to raise money for breast cancer for more than 20 years now. In 1998, they challenged other Zonta Clubs to follow suit. To date, over $2,000,000 has been raised.

June 11 - Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament

The annual charity golf tournament in honour of Br. Francis Fleming was held at Southern Pines Golf Course on a lovely sunny day. Bay Gardens and Bayview Cemetery were pleased to support the fundraiser with a gift basket featuring Ontario's VQA Mike Weir wines.

June 11 - Salsa4Heart

Bay Gardens staff member Estuardo Lopez and his lovely bride Pam danced the night away on a warm evening by the Bay. They were not competing on Dancing With the Stars though! They were on hand to support the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Estuardo brings many years of experience to Bay Gardens as a licensed funeral director and is fluent in Spanish.

June 19 - St. Anthony of Padua Feast

St. Anthony of Padua Church in Hamilton celebrated this special event with a commemorative book, in which we were proud to be featured. This book contains a photographic retrospective of many years of celebration and promotions within the community.

June 20 - Hamilton Police Retirees Golf

Hamilton Police Retirees EventIn support of the Hamilton Police Retirees Association, we were happy to take part in their annual golf tournament. Our fearsome foursome participated on a steamy but breezy day at Chippewa Creek Golf Club to assist with their fundraising for Camp Faces, a charity for children and families of fallen first responders. Pictured left to right are Bay Gardens staff members Lynne Atkinson, Bruce Logan, Lisa Palmer and Victoria Koutros.

 

 


 
Friends In Grief News

Summer sessions have begun at our Hamilton location. It's not too late to register for this 8-week session which takes place from 7-9 pm every Thursday from July 7-August 25. Contact Friends In Grief at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (905) 318-0059. Remember there is never a fee for programs.

Monthly Social Outings

Monthly lunch outings are available to group members and facilitators. There is no charge to attend; your only cost is your lunch choice from the menu. Outings take place the 2nd Friday of each month @ noon.

July 8 - Hutch's On The Beach - Van Wagner Beach Road

August 12 - Pier 4 William's Cafe

September 9 - Sackville Senior's Centre, 780 Upper Wentworth Street, Hamilton, Ontario, L9A 4V5 (no need to be a senior)

December - A Christmas luncheon will be planned

January to June 2017 - Sackville Senior's Centre


 

Our Crematorium, Our Standards

crematorium.jpg

We own the only crematorium in Burlington and are committed to providing valuable cremation services to you and your family. Our Bay Gardens Cremation Confidence Program, a triple layer of identification processes, ensures your loved one receives the highest level of care and respect deserved. Ask us about the Cremation Confidence Program today.


 

Lowest Priced Funeral Home

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Our Burlington location, at 1010 Botanical Drive, is situated in a beautiful location with views of the wooded grounds of Bayview Cemetery and the bay beyond. We are conveniently located within 1km of 3 local cemeteries. For us, serene and well-appointed doesn't mean overpriced. We are proud to be the lowest-priced, full service funeral home in Burlington. Our reception facilities are beautiful and available to you even if your funeral is elsewhere. But don't take our word for it, call us at (905) 527-0405 and arrange to see our facilities for yourself.


 

Transfer Your Funeral For Free

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We own the only crematorium in Burlington and are committed to providing valuable cremation services to you and your family. Our Bay Gardens Cremation Confidence Program, a triple layer of identification processes, ensures your loved one receives the highest level of care and respect deserved. Ask us about the Cremation Confidence Program today.

 


 

Keeping Connected

You can stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter (@BayGardens).

We also write a monthly blog and we have received positive feedback! You can read this month's blog post here.

Do you have an idea or a question you would like an expert Funeral Director to explore on our blog? Send your ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Good Grief, Part 1

As summer recedes and autumn falls upon us, the beauty of the season can warm our hearts. This time of year can often bring about a longing for what once was, knowing full well that the chill of winter will soon be here.

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Grief comes in many forms; the loss of a loved one, a job, a friend, or a pet, even the transition from one season to another can trigger signs of grief. Being aware of the process is a way to cope with the loss, whatever that loss may be, and to help bring you peace and find joy again.

Be sure to join us in November on Thursday, November 18, where grief expert Dr.Wolfelt will be sharing his message about the importance of grieving:

Healing Your Grieving Heart - Exploring Practical Touchstones for Caring For Yourself

Public Event, November 18, 2015

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), 680 Plains Road West, Burlington

$10.00 donation at the door that goes directly to the RBG's fund, Growing Up Green

And for industry professionals we are hosting a second, free event, to help support you in your work.

Enhancing Your Understanding of the Depression of Grief

Industry Event, November 19

8:30 - 11:30 AM

Bay Gardens Funeral Home, 947 Rymal Road East, Hamilton

Free 

To register for these events email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone 905-574-0405.

We look forward to seeing you in November!

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