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A salute to role models for our youth by MPP Jeff Yurek

As your Member of Provincial Parliament, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize all the seniors in our community. Whether you’re parents, grandparents, a neighbour, or a friend, its seniors like you that touch many lives in a positive way. You act as a good role model for the youth in our community through all that you do. Not to mention that the joie de vivre possessed by you and many of your peers proves that people truly are as young as they feel. As your provincial representative, I look forward to learning from your experience and

continuing to address your needs in the Ontario Legislature. So to all the seniors,


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Submitted by: Brent Sifton, Sifton Funeral Home

people plan funerals in advance. Brent Sifton said, “People who have pre-arranged with us have told us that our experience and advice was an invaluable addition to the support they received from their families and clergy. As trained professionals, we not only record the vital information needed for a funeral (rituals, music, other services and items of merchandise a person may want to use), but we also help in gathering information for required forms. It should be stressed that there are a wide range of funeral service options available to today’s public. It’s important that everyone has the opportunity to re-view their options with a licensed, professional funeral director in a calm, unpressured atmosphere.” The Sifton Funeral Home marks their 85th anniversary this year. A Consumer’s Checklist for Pre-planning: 1) Take your time. Don’t be pressured or pushed when making decisions. 2) Get all the facts. Most arrangements are available with a number of options. Keep asking questions until you understand everything you want to know. 3) Pre-planning does not require pre-payment. This is an option. 4) Pre-planning should be for the convenience of you and your family not someone else’s advantage.

thank you for the remarkable contributions you make to this community every day. makes good sense “It just makes sense. That’s what we hear over and over again from the families who have completed their funeral arrangements with us in advance,” said Brent Sifton of the Sifton Funeral Home, St. Thomas. “As one gentleman said, “We plan ahead for everything else in life...whether it’s as simple a thing as going to the grocery store or as important an event as our retirement. It makes sense to plan our funerals too.” More and more people have found that planning a funeral in advance is a thoughtful decision that shows consideration for a family. It reduces the stress caused by indecision and the uncertainty that often accompanies a death. Many people not only arrange their funerals in advance (pre-arrangement), but also pre-finance them, for many different reasons. Some want to be sure that a funeral reflects their personal lifestyle and beliefs. And others want to ease the financial burden that can beset unprepared families at a time of loss. People who have moved to a distant community, or whose children have moved away, often want to specify that their final disposition be taken care of in a particular manner and place. Funeral directors are specifically trained to help

We offer a full range of funeral planning options

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JEFF YUREK, M.P.P Elgin-Middlesex-London CONSTITUENCY OFFICE 750 Talbot St. (CASO Station) Suite 201 – 2nd floor, St. Thomas, ON N5P 1E2 519-631-0666 Email:




Member: • International Order of the Golden Rule • Ontario Funeral Service Association • Canadian-Independent Group of Funeral Homes • St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce • Better Business Bureau of Western Ontario

L. Brent Sifton

Third Generation 118 Wellington Street, St. Thomas


Proudly, Independently Owned and Operated by the Sifton Family since 1926

June 7, 2012 Issue  

News and views from in and around St.Thomas and area.