2011-04-27 “Doors Open”

Doors Open Chatham-Kent is scheduled for Saturday May 7, 2011 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and this year we are proud to be a part of this annual event.  Similar to an Open House, all areas of the Funeral Home will be open for visitors to wander through and ask questions if they want.  Also we will welcome Dixie Peters and volunteers from “…a time to mourn…” which is the Bereavement Program that the Blenheim Community Funeral Home supports that helps people who are grieving.  “…a time to mourn…” is a service that is provided free of charge to those who participate and began under the Ministerial Association.  To help with keeping the program running, the volunteers are busy baking goods that will be available through a bake sale when you come to the Funeral Home. 

The day after Doors Open is Mother’s Day.  When I was a kid, we wore flowers to church on Mother’s Day.   Wearing a coloured flower signified that your mother was alive and wearing a white flower signified that your mother had deceased.  And so, we will have flowers and balloons here for you.  Release a balloon if you wish or take a flower with you to wear in honour of your Mom.   

Other stops in Blenheim will include Glad Tidings Church and the Moderwell House.  Glad Tidings Church is home to many community events, one of my favourites being the outdoor movies in the summertime and the Canada Day celebrations.  The Moderwell House is a newly completed Heritage House Resource Centre and Museum that is operated through the Historical Society of Blenheim & District and has benefited from many hours of volunteers to become a reality…a must to see!

I am excited that our good friends Dan and Anne Houle from the Alexander Funeral Home in Chatham will be showcased in this year’s Doors Open.  As you will remember, the Alexander Funeral Home was devastated by a fire in 2009 and after many hours of hard work Dan and Anne are ready to open their doors again.  I toured the Funeral Home last week and am very excited for them.  Chatham-Kent’s newest Funeral Home which is all on one level is absolutely beautiful.  Make sure to visit them too!