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Trusted Saskatoon funeral professionals discuss grief and the change of Seasons


 
Grief and the change of Seasons:
 
 
 
               Trust that you will find your way back to life just as the daffodil breaks through the frozen ground.
                                                                                                                                    Linda Lehmann

 

The first year following the death of a loved one you may reflect on the significant and insignificant events of your life from the previous year. You may catch yourself thinking, “Last year, at this time, we were…” Your memories of those seasons of life include your loved one and you may be painfully aware that when the season comes again, you will have lived a whole year without him or her. This reality confirms what you may already have known - that the physical presence of your loved one is lost forever, just like the last hint of snow that melts into the ground. And with that realization come a new sense of how time and the seasons pass.

The change of seasons signifies the many roles that your loved one played in each of the seasons of your life. These role losses may trigger your grief all over again. The subtle changes that signal the approach of a new season observed by others may be overshadowed by the grief that looms over each passing day for you. And then, before you know it, time has continued to tick off minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months as you are confronted with a new season that brings with it more loss and grief.

As each season arrives, ask yourself:

  • What roles did my loved one play in this season?
  • Who will fill that role now?
  • What role did I play in my loved one’s life that is now gone?

If no one can fill that role, you may need to ask for help from others who may be waiting for that opportunity. You will need to allow yourself to grieve the unique role your loved one played in your life, as well as the role you played in his or hers.

 

With each new time of year, you may find that your mood does not fit the season.

  • As spring arrives, you may feel like you are in the winter of your grief, only to be surrounded by new growth, new beginnings and people who talk about things like hope and anticipation of warmer weather.
  • Summer months are often spent doing family and outdoor activities that may heighten your sense of loss. The days full of despair may be longer than you would like them to be. It may be a beautiful day, but you may feel stone cold inside.
  • As the leaves fall from the trees in the fall and the growing season ends, you are reminded of the dullness and drabness of your life. Your grief may be in its fallow time, where everyday looks pretty much the same.
  • As the weather gets colder and forces you indoors, you may feel even more alone and isolated in your grief. The shorter days may amplify the night you feel in your soul.

It is important to surround yourself with the beauty of each new season in order to remind yourself that while you may be in the depths of your grief, you are in the midst of life.

  • Surround yourself with living things in order to reassure yourself that your grief will change like the seasons.
  • When you go outdoors, breathe in fresh air deeply to replace the stagnant air of grief.
  • Take a moment to feel the breeze against your face or the warmth of the sun against your skin. Remind yourself that you are still alive, even though your loved one has died.
  • Plant flowers to reassure you that plants grow with care. Remind yourself often, that your grief will ease if you honor it and take care of it. Indeed, you may find yourself growing in ways you could have never imagined.
  • If you have no seeds of hope, let someone else plant them for you. Surround yourself with others who will tend to you, encourage you, and provide an environment where you can do your work.

 

Remember, time alone will not heal your grief; it’s what you do with your time that heals your grief. Trust in the rhythm of your grief. Trust that someday in a new season you will find your way back to life just like the daffodil that breaks through the frozen ground back into the sunlight.

 

 


Trusted SK community steps up to help a local Saskatoon woman after her contractor nightmare Part 3 Janice's rebuild

The Trusted teamwork for the public, we do that by finding great local businesses, verifying they are as good as we have heard, and contracting them to uphold the 5 Trusted Guarantees. These 5 Trusted guarantees are the cornerstone of our business and the businesses we partner with, and if something does go wrong we hold the businesses to their obligations....that's what the Trusted Saskatoon businesses sign up for. That's why we promote them and why we believe they are the best businesses in the cities we serve. 

The first time you have heard of this?

Read/watch Part 1 here - see where it all began! 

Part 2 

Read the CBC Story Here  

 

 

JANICE'S BUILD- the Trusted Rebuild PART 3 

It's been over 6 months since we first brought you Janice's story, and we are getting to the final stages of this huge renovation here in Saskatoon!  CBC covered the story province-wide in December and it has also been featured in a number of National Publications including Canadian Contractor Magazine

 

Dave Andercheck from JABA Construction and his team have been project-managing the build - this is no mean feat!! Coordinating contractors, multiple companies across Saskatchewan's work schedules, inspectors and a plan to do everything in a logical order! Weather, vacations and material delivery has hampered efforts to get this job finished sooner and in this video you can really see what goes on to get a huge renovation ( estimated materials and labor donated will be $80-$100k) like this completed, and meet some of the amazing Trusted partners who tell us why they have stepped up to the plate!

WE LOVE WHAT WE DO!!!!


 

 

We have already had so many wonderful Trusted Saskatoon directory partners offer Janice their help and have gone over and above in both free labour and materials ...  Trusted Regina partner Adrenaline Roofing - a new roof!!  

These partners, along with their suppliers ( Loraas ( free Loraas (bin), RONA (trims ),  Roofmart Prairie( all of the shingles!) and Dave at  Heated Roofing Systems, Colorado, USA donated a brand new heated roofing system! Plus RONA for trims and lots of other bits of material and Winroc! 

 

 

  1. Perfection Plumbing - All the plumbing
  2. Kitchen & Bath Classics - new bathroom vanity
  3. JABA Construction- Project Management and numerous jobs!  
  4. KTS Custom Cabinets - A NEW CUSTOM KITCHEN
  5. Age Of Electric - ALL the electrics
  6. Sunview Windows & Doors - $250 towards the rebuild
  7. Conexus- donating $250 towards the re-build
  8. Kari Calder- Century 21 - $300 in Home Depot Gift Certs
  9. Hairstyle Inn's  - $300 Gift Certificate to HSI
  10. Made In The Shade Gift Certificate for MIS
  11. Adrenaline Roofing - Trusted Regina Partner- a NEW Roof and heated roof system! 
  12. Fresh Living - shopping help and design 
  13. BOW Home Services - Painting services 
  14. Trusted Directories - $1000 of the project 

 

 

So whats next?  We are ever so close to getting done - so watch out for the final blog with the reveal video ....oh yes, then a PARTY!!  
 

A message from Janice Braden. " Yes, I have been terribly impressed by everyone who is coming in to work. It's almost like everyone feels a responsibility to prove what good workmanship should be - I hear snips of conversations about doing it right, double and triple checking, making sure things will last for years. Everything that is going in, layer by layer, is solid and of excellent quality and I couldn't be happier or more impressed. And yes, the ridiculous potlight is gone (Arlen from Age Of Electric said none of them was actually hooked to a switch anywhere..oh my!). "

 
 

Just For You Day Spa your Trusted Saskatoon Spa answer some great questions - Part 2

Owner, Jessica Tetu of Just For You Day Spa & Gift Studio, along with her team of dedicated professionals, provide a tranquil Saskatoon spa experience with over 2700 square feet of stunning spa space.

This award winning Saskatoon Spa with its laid back, warm, elegant environment offers a breadth of a truly exceptional spa experience for woman and men. Just For You Day Spa & Gift Studio offers outstanding skin and body therapies, in depth consultations and the tools & knowledge to become your own “spa therapist” at home.

Here Jess answers some great questions - Part 2:  

Q: Renee T: Are there any creams/treatments that actually fade age spots? (Besides prevention with sunscreen and avoiding the sun).

A: Prevention really is key, however, I suggest having microdermabrasion treatments done, specifically focusing on the problem areas, followed by applying a lightening serum and cream diligently at home. It is very important to remember to continue with, and always apply sunscreen or the hyper pigmented areas will quickly return and darken. Products to try: Lia Reese Brightening Apple Stem Cell Serum - $85 or Illuminating Apple Stem Cell Cream - $60. (liareese.com)

 

Q: Jennifer G: My Skin is really dry at this time of year, and no matter what I put on it, nothing helps! What are your recommendations?

A: It’s important to update your skin care regime with season changes. I would suggest a heavier cream containing Hyaluronic Acid (to encourage moisture retention), or a cream containing Vitamin C to be applied before bed, to lock in hydration and provide repair to dry or de-hydrated skin. A light hydrating cream is great during the day, followed by sunscreen (even in the winter) and avoid creams or makeup with mineral oil that prevent the skin from breathing, or contain alcohol that dries! Try & exfoliate once a week to remove dry, dead skin cells and follow with a hydrating mask to really boost the skin’s moisture levels! Products to try: Hydra + DMHE Intensive Moisturizer - $55 (with Vitamin C ), or O2 Restoring Cream - $60 (with Hyaluronic Acid) , C Factor Cream - $65 (with Vitamin C ), BHA / Enzyme Micro Polish - $80 (Once a week - Exfoliant ), & Collagen Infusion Mask - $55 (Once a week – Hydrating Treatment Mask).(liareese.com)

 

Q: Paige F: Is there anything specific we can do before and/or after a pedicure to help our feet (other than pumice stone, etc)?

A: To maintain healthy heels use a sanitized foot file after a foot soak or during a bath. Keep nails trimmed straight across to avoid ingrown toenails, and for full hydration or maintenance of the feet be sure to follow with a cream suitable for your specific concerns! (Callus, cracks, sweating feet, peeling skin, bad circulation etc). TIP *Be careful not to remove too much callus when filing, or your skin will actually produce more callus in response for protection!

When time permits, I suggest letting the pro’s take care of you! Invest in a professional pedicure service and let those sensitive feet be pampered!

Products to try: Dannyco wooden foot files $9.99 & Gehwol callus cream $21. (gehwolcanada.ca) (justforyoudayspa.com)

 

 
Do you have a beauty, skin care, or spa related question? Send your questions to Jessica at info@liareese.com! If your question get's featured in an issue of Fine LIfestyles Magazine you will receive a special gift from Jessica!

 

Trusted Saskatoon directory team share a testimonial from a happy client of Kari Calder

The decision to purchase your home is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and will also be one of your largest investments. Done right, it can also be one of the most exciting and fulfilling times in your life! Kari Calder a saskatoon Realtor with Century 21 Fusion is there to help you through the process, and provide you and your family with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have a realtor working with your best interests in mind.  

Here we share a testimonial from a happy client:

The Trusted directories were set up based upon the principals of good business, and the foundation of good business is integrity. Simply put, if you don't care about your customers needs as a business then you will never be trusted.  

When Sara the Trusted founder came up with the ' Trusted directories concept ' she wanted to have clear, simple guidelines or ' guarantees' laid out for all to see , and she knew it was important for the Trusted partners to sign contracts to uphold those guarantees (and for the partners to be held to them by Trusted).  

Read The Trusted Guarantees here 

On a regular basis we get feedback from YOU the public when they have used the directory to find a Trusted business and we like to share it with you.

  

“Working with Kari was an absolute treat. My first time working with Kari was in 2013 when I was looking to sell my place and buy new. She spent countless hours with me showing me properties and always made me feel like I was her only client. My life situation changed suddenly and we ended up having to put the whole thing on hold indefinitely. She was so understanding and never made me feel like I had wasted her time. A year later life changed again and I needed to sell. As I was making the move to another city, I trusted Kari for a referral and she did not fail me there either. In what seemed like an impossibly slow market, Kari kept things positive and made me confident that it was going to sell and then it did! Not only is Kari super knowledgeable and professional, she is also very personable and trustworthyl. Through the entire process, Kari was always honest and communicated openly. She provided direction but never pushed me to make any decision I was not prepared to make. At the end of the day, I could not have asked for a better experience. She’s at the top of her game and I was so glad to have her on my team. - Alicia“

 

Alicia Stefiuk

Purchaser 

 

THANK YOU Alicia for taking the time to share your experience and thanks Kari Clader for truly showing you deserve the trusted status! 

When we give the Thumbs up to a business IT MEANS something!

 

 

Kari Calder is one Saskatoon's top Century 21 Fusion real estate agents. Kari can assist with all of your Saskatoon buying and selling real estate needs and she is a TRUSTED SASKATOON REALTOR

 

Kari Calder 

Saskatoon Real Estate Agent

Century 21 Fusion 

kari@saskatoonrealestate.net 

Trusted Saskatoon TUTORS educators share 5 Ways To Help Kids Learn at Home


Learning doesn’t just happen in classrooms, it is an ongoing process that happens all the time (your brain even keeps working when you’re asleep). There are tons of fun ways to help children learn when they’re not in school.

Evenings, weekends, holidays—they all offer families great opportunities to spend time together, have fun, and continue learning

Here are 5 fun ways to help kids learn!

1. Get Creative

Art helps smarts! Whether it’s crafts or play-doh, playing an instrument, acting, writing poetry, painting, or building model cars… art can help kids of all ages tap into their creative side and get their brains working. Try this creative activity:

Musical Water Glasses

Gather your supplies! You’ll need:

  • Sturdy glasses from the same set
  • Food colouring
  • Wooden spoon

This is a great activity, especially for younger children! 

Fill the glasses with different water levels and add a few drops of food colouring. This is a great opportunity to review colours with children and even fractions with older children (which glass looks like it’s half-full, which is a quarter full?)

Now use the wooden spoon to make music!

2. Get Cooking

Children love to feel like little helpers, so why not let them help with grocery shopping or cooking meals? The great thing about these activities is that they help with an integral (and often difficult) school subject: math.

Have your child decide which produce is a better bargain, or ask them to measure ingredients. Not only will they quickly learn that math is useful, but you also get to eat what you make!

 

Here are some kid-friendly recipes for everyone to enjoy: 

Fruit Smoothie

Eat Right Ontario has a great Fruit Smoothie that you can tailor to your child’s taste. Let your kids choose from an assortment of fruits like berries and bananas!

Blend:

  • 2 cups (500 mL) milk or fortified soy milk
  • 2 cups (500 mL) fruit (any of: sliced banana, mango, nectarine, frozen raspberries, blueberries or strawberries, canned pineapple or peaches)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) plain lower fat (2% M.F. or less) yogurt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) frozen orange juice concentrate

 

No-Bake Doughnut Holes

Mix together:

  • 1 cup chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup oatbran

Roll into small balls and coat in flaked coconut.

3. Get Outside

Fresh air is not to be underestimated! The outdoors provides a natural playground for children to learn and grow, not to mention exercise helps keep the body and brain fit.

Go on a walk around the block; hike in a nearby Conservation Area; go swimming at a public pool. You don’t even have to leave the house – plant a vegetable garden together, build a snow fort, or play basketball in the driveway. Regardless of the activity, getting outside means kids spend less time in front of screens, and that helps keep their bodies and minds active.

Here are some activity that combine intellectual and physical education: 

Sundial Craft

Materials you’ll need:

  • 12 x 12 piece of heavy cardstock
  • block of wood
  • thumb tacks

To build the sundial:

  • Fold the cardstock corner-to-corner, and cut the card in half.
  • Fold a flap on the bottom of the card to tack into the piece of wood.
  • Attach it to the wooden block, making sure the triangle is straight up and down.
  • Place the sundial on a flat surface with sun exposure.
  • Every hour, mark off where the shadow is cast.
  • You might even want to paint a nature design on the wood block.
  • Remember to keep the sundial facing the same direction so your hour marks will be accurate

 

Ice Candles

In the winter months, inspiration for child-friendly activities sometimes runs dry. Turn your backyard into a Winter Wonderland with these beautiful little decorations!

Materials you’ll need:

  • Small plastic tub or bucket
  • Tin can or small plastic cup
  • Small candle

To make the candles:

  • Create a mold. Fill the bucket or pail with cold tap water and place a tin can in the center, weighing it down with small rocks
  • Put the bucket outside and wait for it to completely freeze
  • Remove the ice from the bucket (if it sticks, run warm water on the surface of the bucket to loosen the ice free)
  • Remove the tin can inside (similarly to the bucket, you can loosen by filling the tin with warm water)
  • Place the candle in the bottom of the hole the can created

You’ve got your ice candle! Create a magical scene in your backyard.

(Activity ideas from FamilyEducation.com)

4. Get Techy

It seems to be a hot topic within parenting circles – whether or not to expose your children to technology, and if so, how often? Just like everything else, technology isn’t bad when moderated… some schools are even taking advantage of what technology has to offer our children. There are some exciting learning opportunities within interactive children’s games!

Spend a rainy Saturday afternoon playing video games with your child. Let them show you how to play, asking plenty of questions. Draw practical connections between the game and how things work in daily life.

For the younger ones, Leap Pad provides a very user-friendly tablet with an endless amount of educational games to purchase physically or through their online store.

For children a little bit older, there are many options available on all different consoles like your computer, traditional video games consoles, and tablets. Here are a few to explore: Little Big Planet, Big Brain Academy, Magic School Bus Activity Lab. 

5. Get Reading

It’s not by chance that some of the first memories children retain are of their parents’ reading them bedtime stories. Aside from improving literacy, getting lost in a story builds character through the exploration of the imagination. Creativity and the ability to think ‘outside the box’ are enriched through reading. These are skills that will help your child throughout their adult life.

If your child is reluctant to read, remember that there are many different forms of reading – it’s doesn’t have to be a long story or novel. Try going to a local library or bookstore and browse the graphic novels and comic books. Remember, your options are not limited to these – explore!

Perhaps one of the most important things to remember is that kids are born curious, so parents should be enthusiastic about helping their children explore whatever it is that piques their interest. There is a huge world out there to explore, so learn together and learn forever!

For the new readers (around 6-8 years of age), try some of these book series:

And for children 9-12, check out these popular books:

They are your Trusted Saskatoon tutors and educators!


 

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