What to do When a Loved One Passed Away

When someone close to us dies, it can catch us off guard, even if it is expected. We are suddenly faced with a range different emotions and may also have to take care of many details and arrangements. Knowing what to do and what to expect can help make things a bit easier.

Join Townshippers’ Association at the next Food for Thought lunch and learn event at noon on Friday, October 30 as we focus on the topic of “The death of a loved one; what do we do.”

Guest speaker, Steve Lawson, will discuss what we do when a loved one dies; the first steps, the options, and the questions, in order to help you better prepare in the event of the death of a loved one.

This luncheon will feature a buffet lunch of sandwiches, salads and squares at St. Paul’s United Church, 211 Pine St. Magog. Cost $6, payable at the door.

Seniors, Find Support at the CIA

The Cowansville Volunteer Center, also known as the CAB (Centre D’Action Benevole de Cowansville) is officially offering a new source of information for seniors. Carrefour d’information pour ainés, or, ever so appropriately abbreviated to, CIA, will teach you what you need to know about various social and health programs and services that seniors are entitled to. Information on programs and services include housing, home support, loss of autonomy, retirement income, municipal services, income tax, support for caregivers, travelling, community and volunteer services and other senior rights that you may not be aware of.  This service is free and confidential.

Volunteers who have been trained with this information, in both French and English, are available to meet with you at the CAB by appointment, or over the phone. This service has been developed in collaboration with the Granby Volunteer Center. Granby’s Volunteer Center has been offering CIA services since 2013, and have collaborated with the Cowansville Volunteer Center and the Waterloo Volunteer Center in the development of CIA service outlets in these municipalities.

For more information on the CIA located in Cowansville, please contact Shawn-Marie Dawson at 450- 263-3758.  The Cowansville Volunteer Center covers a region that includes Adamsville, Brigham, Brome, Cowansville, Dunham, East-Farnham, Frelighsburg and Lac Brome, and also offers a variety of other services which include a food bank, accompanied medical transportation, and accompanied transportation for shopping, community meal, income tax clinic, and friendly visits. If you are a senior in need of support or assistance, contact your Volunteer Center to find out how they can help!

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website www.Townshippers.org. Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421.



Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption:  Dealing with the death of a loved one is difficult. On top of facing a range of emotions, you may also have to take care of a many arrangements. Find out how to prepare and what steps to take at the next Food for Thought learning luncheon on Friday, October 30 in Magog.