Body removal contract should remain in Valley

At a recent Wells Gray Country Seniors Society meeting, participants talked with tears in their eyes about their experiences

Editor: The Times

There are many issues facing us as seniors in our day to day lives.  Some of the issues, such as the Mobility Study and Clearwater’s Age Friendly Plan are positive events supporting the road ahead for seniors as this community matures. Having Robert Bateman visit recently in support of TRU’s sod turning for their research facility in the Upper Clearwater reminded me that age is just a number when I realized he is a vibrant man in his eighties. Folks are looking forward to the development of a dedicated seniors’ room in the Dutch Lake School development.

There is one soul sucking issue affecting all of us that has raised its ugly head recently. The decision to give the contract for body removal in the event of death in the North Thompson to a contractor from away strikes at the core of my vulnerability as a senior, as it does for all who are navigating the stressful time when a death occurs.

At a recent Wells Gray Country Seniors Society meeting, participants talked with tears in their eyes about their experiences around the end of the life of a friend or family member that they had attended.  Every person who spoke recalled with respect and appreciation the way this tender time was so professionally and lovingly handled by Drake Smith of North Thompson Funeral Services.

We all felt despair as we thought about such a callous act as transporting a deceased loved one away, by unknown people just doing their job. I plan on learning more about this issue and making an effort to right what I perceive as a grievous wrong.  Seniors deserve respect and dignity. This contract is neither respectful nor dignified.

Sandra Holmes

 

Clearwater, B.C.

 

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Missing senior couple found

A senior couple from the Lower Mainland have been reported missing

Clearwater RCMP weekly police report

Clearwater RCMP responded to 41 calls for service over this past week

Editor, The Times:

Proportional Representation could save our democracy

Editor, The Times:

Proportional Representation Debate?

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

Shots fired near Chicago hospital, multiple victims: police

Police say at least one possible offender has been shot

B.C. to allow ride hailing services to operate in 2019

Fee will be applied to fund options for disabled people

Chocolate lab missing along Coquihalla

Brad Gibson is asking for help locating his missing dog.

B.C. connection to launch of new $10 bill

Great nephew of Viola Desmond says bill is a ‘step in the right direction’

Elections BC keeps eye on Canada Post dispute, but no change in Nov. 30 deadline

Vote No spokesman say an extension of one or two weeks would ensure all ballots are counted

Langley school pulls Japanese ‘rising sun’ flag after student petition

School district promises consultation with students and parents, defends using flag for war history

Calgary bobsled death inquiry recommends infrared technology, safety audits

A judge found the deaths of 17-year-old twins Evan and Jordan Caldwell were accidental and caused by blunt-force head and neck trauma

Most Read