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New Year, New Outlook

The following is an article I submitted to Hard Tales magazine in November 2020. I intended to post it here around the new year, but in all honestly, I forgot until I came across it again today. Ca...
By Candace Hawkins
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Music, Movies, and Books: Offering a Comfort When Nothing Else Can

The year was 2012. I was 15 years old. My brother and sister were in the midst of their college years, my parents were hard at work, and it was also the year my grandfather was diagnosed with termi...
By Joshua P. Colicino
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Love Languages and How We Grieve

I have a theory about interaction. I believe that almost everything we do in this world is a translation. You may have heard of Love Languages, the ways that we express and seek affection from the ...
By Aurora Castiglia
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Sinatra; The Sound of My Memories

I bought a mini collection of Sinatra records at the back of a shop for $1. It’s called the Sinatra Trilogy: Past, Present, and Future, and it’s my second favorite way to listen to Ol’ Blue Eyes. M...
By Aurora Castiglia
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Good Grief!

I think I should start off this blog by introducing myself. My name is Emily and I am an office support staff member and assistant to the funeral directors here at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Ho...
By Emily Wink
Monday, July 13, 2020

The Loss of a Pet

I started this entry a couple times, and kept finding myself taking diverging trains of thought into the pandemic, and grief in general, and all the ways 2020 has thrown us curve ball after curve b...
By Candace Hawkins
Friday, July 10, 2020

Grieving during a pandemic

Grief is complicated.  This is true under any circumstances, but especially right now. There's a million things to read out there about grief and loss, and maybe I'll create another post soon...
By Candace Hawkins
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Previous Posts

2020

Well, folks, first let me say I'm sorry it's been so long! Between the chaos that has been 2020 so far and some changes in the staffing of the Lakeside family before that, we have let our blog...

Therapy Dogs

My Great Pyrenees, Willow, got certified as a therapy dog in May of 2018. He surprises people sometimes if they’re not expecting him – he’s a 100-pound mass of white fur, but with the cutest teddy ...

National cemetery opening expected for 2019/2020 in Pembroke NY.

After many years of delays and setbacks The Western New York National Cemetery, located in the Town of Pembroke in Genesee County, is expected to be open and available to serve veterans no later th...

I've Got Nerd In My Genes

Here’s a holiday that I’m sure you weren’t planning on celebrating this year: Embrace Your Geekness Day! This day was created by Wellcat Holidays, a source for fun holidays that has been used in Ch...

The Lakeside Family: Joanne Rudnicki

Joanne Rudnicki worked with Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home as a part of the concierge staff for almost 17 years. I interviewed her about a month ago about this experience, when I wrote up this...

Who Tells Your Story

My father, Charles Castiglia, is an incredible story teller. He attracts attention easily, and commands it gently, like he’s inviting you to sit in front of a fire with him. Growing up, he was...

The Isolation of Grief

Grief comes in a thousand different ways. The grief of a painful diagnosis, the grief of an ended relationship, the grief of mental illness, the grief of natural disasters, the grief of war, the gr...