News From Magoun-Biggins
Dan Biggins announces his candidacy for Rockland School Committee
February 23rd, 2013
We are very proud that Dan is taking another step in serving our wonderful community.
We know that Rockland is a great place, filled with kind and caring families.
We wish him well in his mission to serve.
"I am very excited to announce my candidacy for one of the two open seats on the School Committee in the Town of Rockland. I have always had the desire to further serve the town that I am proud to call home.
Having the opportunity to serve as a member of Rockland’s School Committee would be a great way for me to contribute to this great town in a very positive and hands on way.
This board has done remarkable work in the last several years, and with new ideas and new energy we all can strive to make Rockland’s Schools continue to be the very best that they can possibly be.
My wife Danielle, an educator herself and I are the proud parents of two young boys who will be entering the school system, so we both have a vested interest in the health and continued success of our schools.
If elected, I look forward to bringing my gifts, work ethic, and every bit of energy to making our School System, and Town a better place.
I humbly ask for your support and your vote in this coming April’s election. Please look for our newly launched Facebook page for news, and exciting announcements about my candidacy.
Magoun-Biggins to Provide Free Workshop on Grief and Healing
March 28th, 2012
Breathwork and Meditation Aftercare Program
March 15th, 2012
As many of us say hello to the possibilities of Spring I wonder why I have been so remiss in asking you to grow your relationships with businesses in your community. Every month I ask you to reach out and use your skills to bring people together, yet I have forgotten to ask you to look outside your doors and ask your fellow business owners to join your efforts. Why?
Is it because there is no other business or organization, in your community, that can help bring people together? I think we both know the answer to that is no. Could it be that your funeral home or cemetery is the only one that can help people along their path to healing? Again, I think we can agree and be thankful that you are not your community’s only resource.
The question is: are you doing everything you can to be the one your community looks to when they have a loss? Are you the funeral director, cemetery manager, or aftercare provider who brings businesses and organizations together to help you serve families better? Do you do more than connect people with the flowers, gifts, food, lodging, and services they need to help make the service the celebration they hope for?
If you are like Bob Biggins, former NFDA president, and his wife Christine Biggins of Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home in Rockand MA, you understand that to be the one families look to, you must be “the leader in healing.” You go beyond earning NFDA’s Pursuit of Excellence award, and bring what helps you personally to the community you serve. Like Chris, you know that “your greatest challenges are your greatest teachers” and you find a way to share the gifts these challenges bring you.
How? Well if you are Chris Biggins, you reach out for training and form business alliances that let you do more than tell people what helped you get through challenges such as multiple sclerosis, loss of a child, loss of parents, depression, anxiety disorder, breast cancer, mastectomies, and chemotherapy. You complete hundreds upon hundreds of hours of training to become a registered yoga instructor so that you can bring the strength of gentle movement and peace to your community one class at a time as an instructor. You also do not stop there – and neither does Chris.
With the encouragement of her teachers, Chris has created the program “I Walked With You! Won’t You Sit With Me? Moving Thru Sadness, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, and Loss with Grace!” This program brings people together to find their strength and discover their power through meditation, breath work, and gentle stretching. It will launch in April at Open Doors Yoga Studio thanks to Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home and their relationship with Open Doors.
Now there may be a few of you who are thinking yoga and meditation are too “New Age” for your funeral home or cemetery. You are not alone. Bob was right there with you, which is one of the reasons why Chris’s program takes yoga off the mat and into the chair. The added bonus is that anyone who can sit can participate regardless of their age or physical limitations.
Bob and Chris believe that “…there is a benefit in continuing care that brings comfort to a new level and improves our outreach to clergy, hospice…” as well as community. As funeral professionals, you understand that the hardest part of grieving is more than the pain of loss. According to Chris the hardest part is answering the question, “How do we allow ourselves to feel pain so that we may move with it and heal without becoming a victim to it?” Please do not let fear of “New Age” stand in your way.
Though some may say this program is only for the most progressive, I agree with Chris and Bob that “Helping people find their breath, their being, and their core is yet another tool we can use to help people heal and grow beyond their pain.” With this in mind, please consider reaching out to Chris at her website christinebiggins.com or giving her a ring at Magoun-Biggins, 781-878-1775, knowing you are not alone.
Thanks to the relationship the Biggins began with the Wappners when Bill Wappner and Bob went through NFDA’s chairs, Wappner Funeral Directors and Crematory of Ashland, OH will be the first to help Chris’ program expand nationally. Like Magoun-Biggins, Wappner Funeral Directors and Crematory is a leader in providing care for their community. Bill estimates that there will be 200-300 people participating in Chris’ program, based on participation in the many aftercare and continuing care events he sponsors.
Not up for a complete program? No worries. Consider reaching out to your local yoga studios and begin to explore how you can work together to help people in your community who are suffering to heal. And don’t stop there. Expand your abilities to help those you serve by enlisting the expertise of others. Make this the Spring you grow your business relationships.
I look forward to your thoughts. Please give me a ring at 781-331-5308 or if you prefer email me at email@example.com.
Rockland Food Pantry wins first
November 10th, 2011
Congratulations to the Rockland Food Pantry for receiving the most "likes" in our "Season of Giving" campaign.
Watch the funeral home Facebook page to register and vote for the next recipient.
September 30th, 2011
Help the charity of your choice!!! Simply visit Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home's Facebook page, and nominate you favorite local area charity on this comment thread. The charity that receives the most "likes" wins for the month!!! BE sure to "like" the Magoun-Biggins page while you are there!
Share this information with your "friends" so that we can have a good response to help during this difficult time!!!!!
Breast Cancer Yoga Fundraiser
October 6th, 2010
Sunday, Oct. 24, 2–4 p.m.
Open Doors Yoga Studio
65 Washington Street, Weymouth
$25 minimum donation
Anyone who has lived, loved or lost through the trauma of a breast cancer diagnosis can share this time of meditation, gentle movement and inspiring music and words with instructor Chris Biggins, herself a survivor and caregiver who has endured both physically and emotionally during her journey to overcome this disease. She will share her own perspective on the positive influence that meditation, yoga, and mind and spirit rejuvenation can bring to the soul and body. This program is designed for all levels with an emphasis on peaceful retreat and contemplation.
Proceeds go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Biggins Family to hold Fundraising Wine and Cheese Reception for
July 14th, 2010
On Wednesday July 7, 2010 nearly thirty volunteers from "Hope in Bloom" www.hopeinbloom.org, gave of themselves to create a peace garden for Chris Biggins who has been dealing with the effects of breast cancer for the past three years.
At the request of Chris' daughter Erin, this heartfelt gesture came at a critical time in her recovery.
Chris said, "For so much of my life, I have been the one to give and serve others—but cancer put me on the receiving end. This garden has given me an incredible sense of hope and love. I am constantly reminded of the enormous effort that went into my shady retreat. Before the volunteers could begin to plant, they had to remove giant rocks. Once that was done, they lifted and set heavy stones to create a path encouraging visitors to explore. My garden is a work of art with different textures, colors and accents. My husband, children, and grandchildren often join me while I sit in what is now the most inviting spot in the yard."
Join us on Friday evening August 13, 2010 from 6-8 PM in the backyard of our home at 49 Mayflower Rd. in Hanson to assist us in raising funds for "Hope in Bloom" making this possible for them to care for someone else.
Suggested donation, $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple.
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS All are welcome.
If your busy scedule does not allow your attendance, contributions may be made by sending a check to:
"Hope in Bloom"
c/o Chris Biggins
49 Mayflower Road
Hanson, MA 02341
Support the Haitian Disaster Relief Fund
January 15th, 2010
Haitian Disaster Relief Fund
The Funeral Service Foundation, in partnership with the National Funeral Directors Association, has established a Haiti Relief Fund to accept donations to support relief efforts in Haiti, following the earthquake that devastated the island nation on January 12.
Contributions to the Haiti Relief Fund will be used for humanitarian efforts, including, if possible, funding for mortuary affairs efforts.
There are three ways to make a contribution:
By mail: Checks, made payable to the Funeral Service Foundation, may be mailed to: Funeral Service Foundation; 13625 Bishops Drive; Brookfield, WI 53005-6607. Donors should indicate their contribution is for the Haiti Relief Fund on the memo line of their check.
By phone: Donors may call the foundation office toll-free at 877-402-5900 to make a contribution with their credit card.
On line: http://www.funeralservicefoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=95&Itemid=118
Let's Talk About Cancer-Featuring Chris Biggins
January 7th, 2010
Are you or someone you know going through the challenge of cancer, chemo, radiation? This workshop will give you support and comfort, strength and information! We will discover the benefits of breathing and movement along with alternative healing treatments that are so helpful in your journey. We will hear testimony from people that have traveled this path and have found relief through the mini treatments we will offer.
Chris Biggins, a Breast Cancer survivor and living with Multiple Sclerosis will be a featured presenter at the Hanson Holistic Center for this moving and inspirational workshop.
It will be held on Saturday, March 6th,2010 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm admission is FREE!
Call Hanson Holistic Center at 781-293-7110 to reserve your space. Sponsored by Haven for Healing. Please join us on
this empowering day.
Congratulations to the Tucker Family!
December 30th, 2009
Congratulations to our professional assistant Steve Tucker and his wife Marcia on the birth of their first grandchild.
William Stephen Tucker is the son of Matthew and Erin Tucker and was born on December 28, 2009.
Welcome to the grandparents club Steve and Marcia!!!!!!
Logan W. Russo Now a Part of the TEAM!!!!
December 12th, 2009
Bob and Chris Biggins are so proud of our newest family member! We adore our second grandson Logan Walter Russo and congratulate his parents Erin and Mike for bringing this wonderful blessing to our family.
We look forward to his Christening on January 17, 2010 at Holy Family Church in Rockland
Remembering Senator Edward
August 26th, 2009
Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, known as the "Lion of the Senate," died Tuesday at 77.
(CNN) -- Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, the patriarch of the first family of Democratic politics, died late Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 77.
"We've lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever," a family statement said. "We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice."
Kennedy will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, just a few feet from the graves of his brothers, a senior Defense Department official told CNN. He is eligible for burial at Arlington due to his congressional service and his tenure in the Army from 1951 to 1953.
Kennedy, nicknamed "Ted," was the younger brother of slain President John F. Kennedy and New York Sen. Robert Kennedy, who was gunned down while seeking the White House in 1968. However, his own presidential aspirations were hobbled by the controversy around a 1969 auto accident that left a young woman dead, and a 1980 primary challenge to then-President Jimmy Carter that ended in defeat.
But while the White House eluded his grasp, the longtime Massachusetts senator was considered one of the most effective legislators of the past few decades. Kennedy, who became known as the "Lion of the Senate," played major roles in passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, and was an outspoken liberal standard-bearer during a conservative-dominated era from the 1980s to the early 2000s. Watch retrospective on Kennedy's storied career »
He was "not only one of the greatest senators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy," President Obama said, speaking to reporters during his vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
"His extraordinary life on this earth has come to an end. The extraordinary good that he did lives on. For his family, he was a guardian. For America, he was the defender of a dream."
Obama said that Americans knew Kennedy's death was coming for some time, but have been "awaiting it with no small amount of dread."
'Teddy: In His Own Words'
CNN will air the HBO documentary "Teddy: In His Own Words," chronicling the senator's life from his childhood through his speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. It includes rarely seen archival footage.
Tonight, 7 ET
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Choking back tears, Vice President Joe Biden said his family was "truly distressed" by Kennedy's death.
"We lost a truly remarkable man," Biden said during an event in Washington. "He's left a great void in our public life." Watch what Kennedy did for Biden »
"He was probably best known for the ability to work with Republicans," said Adam Clymer, Kennedy's biographer. "The Republican Party raised hundreds of millions of dollars with direct appeal to protect the country from Ted Kennedy, but there was never a piece of legislation that he ever got passed without a major Republican ally."
Kennedy recently urged Massachusetts officials to change a law to allow for an immediate temporary replacement should a vacancy occur for one of his state's two Senate seats. Watch why Kennedy sought change in state law »
Under a 2004 Massachusetts law, a special election must be held 145 to 160 days after a Senate seat becomes vacant. The winner of the election would serve the remainder of a senator's unexpired term.
Kennedy asked Gov. Deval Patrick and state leaders to "amend the law through the normal legislative process to provide for a temporary gubernatorial appointment until the special election occurs," according to the letter, dated July 2. Read Kennedy's letter
Kennedy suffered a seizure in May 2008 at his home on Cape Cod. Shortly after, doctors diagnosed a brain tumor -- a malignant glioma in his left parietal lobe.
Surgeons at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, removed as much of the tumor as possible the following month. Doctors considered the procedure a success, and Kennedy underwent follow-up radiation treatments and chemotherapy.
Kennedy helped broker peace in Northern Ireland
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A few weeks later, he participated in a key vote in the Senate. He also insisted on making a brief but dramatic appearance at the 2008 Democratic convention, a poignant moment that brought the crowd to its feet and tears to many eyes. Kennedy died one year to the day after that appearance.
"I have come here tonight to stand with you to change America, to restore its future, to rise to our best ideals and to elect Barack Obama president of the United States," Kennedy told fellow Democrats in a strong voice.
Kennedy's early support for Obama was considered a boon for the candidate, then a first-term senator from Illinois locked in a tough primary battle against former first lady Hillary Clinton. Kennedy predicted Obama's victory and pledged to be in Washington in January when Obama assumed office -- and he was, though he was hospitalized briefly after suffering a seizure during a post-inaugural luncheon.
Kennedy was one of only six senators in U.S. history to serve more than 40 years. He was elected to eight full terms to become the second-most senior senator after West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd. iReport.com: Share tributes to Kennedy
He launched his political career in 1962, when he was elected to finish the unexpired Senate term of his brother, who had become president in 1961. He won his first full term in 1964.
He seemed to have a bright political future, and many Democratic eyes turned to him after the killings of his brothers. But a July 18, 1969, car wreck on Chappaquiddick Island virtually ended his ambitions.
After a party for women who had worked on his brother Robert's presidential campaign, Kennedy drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick, off Cape Cod and across a narrow channel from Martha's Vineyard. While Kennedy managed to escape, his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned.
In a coroner's inquest, he denied having been drunk, and said he made "seven or eight" attempts to save Kopechne before exhaustion forced him to shore. Although he sought help from friends at the party, Kennedy did not report the accident to police until the following morning.
Kennedy eventually pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident. In a televised address to residents of his home state, Kennedy called his conduct in the hours following the accident "inexplicable" and called his failure to report the wreck immediately "indefensible."
Despite the dent in his reputation and career, Kennedy remained in American politics and went on to win seven more terms in the Senate. Kennedy championed social causes and was the author of "In Critical Condition: The Crisis in America's Health Care." He served as chairman of the Judiciary and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committees and was the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary and Armed Services committees during periods when Republicans controlled the chamber.
Obama named Kennedy as one of 16 recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. A White House statement explained that the 2009 honorees "were chosen for their work as agents of change."
"Senator Kennedy has dedicated his career to fighting for equal opportunity, fairness and justice for all Americans. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that every American has access to quality and affordable health care, and has succeeded in doing so for countless children, seniors, and Americans with disabilities. He has called health care reform the "cause of his life." Watch a historian's take on Kennedy's legacy »
Born in Boston on February 22, 1932, Edward Moore Kennedy was the last of nine children of Joseph P. Kennedy, a prominent businessman and Democrat, and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. Joseph Kennedy served as ambassador to Britain before World War II and pushed his sons to strive for the presidency, a burden "Teddy" bore for much of his life as the only surviving Kennedy son.
His oldest brother, Joe Jr., died in a plane crash during World War II when Kennedy was 12. John was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, in 1963, and Robert was killed the night of the California primary in 1968.
Ted Kennedy delivered Robert's eulogy, urging mourners to remember him as "a good and decent man who saw wrong and tried to right it; who saw suffering and tried to heal it; who saw war and tried to stop it."
The family was plagued with other tragedies as well. One sister, Kathleen, was killed in a plane crash in 1948. Another sister, Rosemary, was born mildly retarded, but was institutionalized after a botched lobotomy in 1941. She died in 2005 after more than 60 years in mental hospitals.
Joseph Kennedy was incapacitated by a stroke in 1961 and died in November 1969, leaving the youngest son as head of the family. He was 37.
"I can't let go," Kennedy once told an aide. "If I let go, Ethel [Robert's widow] will let go, and my mother will let go, and all my sisters."
His sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics, died August 11. The ailing senator was unable to attend her funeral. His mother, Rose Kennedy, died in Hyannis Port at age 104 in 1995.
Kennedy himself survived a 1964 plane crash that killed an aide, suffering a broken back in the accident. But he recovered to lead the seemingly ill-starred clan through a series of other tragedies: Robert Kennedy's son David died of a drug overdose in a Florida hotel in 1984; another of Robert's sons, Michael, was killed in a skiing accident in Colorado in 1997; and John's son John Jr., his wife Carolyn and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette died in a 1999 plane crash off Martha's Vineyard.
In addition, his son Edward Jr. lost a leg to cancer in the 1970s, and daughter Kara survived a bout with the disease in the early 2000s.
Kennedy was forced to testify about a bar-hopping weekend that led to sexual battery charges against his nephew, William Kennedy Smith. Smith was acquitted in 1991 of charges that he raped a woman he met while at a Florida nightclub with the senator and his son Patrick, now a Rhode Island congressman.
Like brothers John and Robert, Edward Kennedy attended Harvard. He studied in the Netherlands before earning a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School, and worked in the district attorney's office in Boston before entering politics.
Kennedy is survived by his second wife, Victoria Ann Reggie Kennedy, whom he married in 1992; his first wife, Joan Bennett; and five children -- Patrick, Kara and Edward Jr. from his first marriage, and Curran and Caroline Raclin from his second.
Remembering Eunice Kennedy Shriver
August 11th, 2009
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Founder of the Special Olympics, sister of JFK dies at 88
By MARK PRATT, Associated Press Writer
BOSTON — President John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who carried on the family's public service tradition by founding the Special Olympics and championing the rights of the mentally disabled, died early Tuesday surrounded by relatives at a Hyannis hospital. She was 88.
Shriver had suffered a series of strokes in recent years and died at Cape Cod Hospital, her family said in a statement. Her husband, her five children and all 19 of her grandchildren were by her side, the statement said.
"She was the light of our lives, a mother, wife, grandmother, sister and aunt who taught us by example and with passion what it means to live a faith-driven life of love and service to others," the family said.
The hospital is near the Kennedy family compound, where her sole surviving brother, Sen. Edward Kennedy, has been battling a brain tumor.
Sen. Kennedy said his earliest memory of his sister was as a young girl "with great humor, sharp wit, and a boundless passion to make a difference."
"She understood deeply the lesson our mother and father taught us—much is expected of those to whom much has been given," he said in a statement. "Throughout her extraordinary life, she touched the lives of millions, and for Eunice that was never enough."
President Barack Obama said Shriver will be remembered as "as a champion for people with intellectual disabilities, and as an extraordinary woman who, as much as anyone, taught our nation—and our world—that no physical or mental barrier can restrain the power of the human spirit."
As celebrity, social worker and activist, Shriver was credited with transforming America's view of the mentally disabled from institutionalized patients to friends, neighbors and athletes. Her efforts were inspired in part by the struggles of her mentally disabled sister, Rosemary.
"We have always been honored to share our mother with people of good will the world over who believe, as she did, that there is no limit to the human spirit," her family said in the statement.
Shriver was also the sister of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, the wife of 1972 vice presidential candidate and former Peace Corps director R. Sargent Shriver, and the mother of former NBC newswoman Maria Shriver, who is married to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. With Eunice Shriver's death, Jean Kennedy Smith becomes the last surviving Kennedy daughter.
Schwarzenegger said his mother-in-law "changed my life by raising such a fantastic daughter, and by putting me on the path to service, starting with drafting me as a coach for the Special Olympics."
A 1960 Chicago Tribune profile of the women in then-candidate JFK's family said Shriver was "generally credited with being the most intellectual and politically minded of all the Kennedy women."
When her brother was in the White House, she pressed for efforts to help troubled young people and the mentally disabled. And in 1968, she started what would become the world's largest athletic competition for mentally disabled children and adults. Now, more than 1 million athletes in more than 160 countries participate in Special Olympics meets each year.
"When the full judgment on the Kennedy legacy is made—including JFK's Peace Corps and Alliance for Progress, Robert Kennedy's passion for civil rights and Ted Kennedy's efforts on health care, work place reform and refugees—the changes wrought by Eunice Shriver may well be seen as the most consequential," Harrison Rainie, author of "Growing Up Kennedy," wrote in U.S. News & World Report in 1993.
Magoun-Biggins Donates Equipment to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness
April 2nd, 2009
Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home has donated fleece warm ups to the Whitman-Hanson Women’s Varsity Softball team in the ongoing effort to promote and enhance healthy living and to specifically raise awareness in women of all ages to the value of early detection in this widespread disease. Dan Biggins, Vice-President of the firm and a Whitman-Hanson alumni along with his wife Danielle, presented the jersey’s emblazoned with the well know pink breast cancer awareness ribbon to the team for their use during the spring season. This gift was made to honor his mother, Christine Biggins who is a breast cancer survivor.
“Early detection and quality medical care was essential for me when I was first diagnosed with this life threatening disease.” Chris Biggins said. “For our family, Whitman-Hanson High School played a major role in educating our children to be well balanced adults and members of the community, this small gesture is a way for us to give back just a little while hopefully making a difference in someone else’s life.”
In addition to the Magoun-Biggins donation, Richard Lanza, owner of Open Doors Power Yoga Studios which has facilities throughout the South Shore including locally at Club X in East Bridgewater, presented gift packages that included complimentary passes for yoga instruction. The practice of yoga has been instrumental in Chris Biggins’ path to healing and wellness following her surgery and chemotherapy.
Magoun-Biggins is a family owned and operated funeral home serving the community for more than 50 years. They are the only firm in the region to have been awarded the prestigious “Pursuit of Excellence Award” from the National Funeral Director’s Association for their commitment to the community, educational advancement and creative and personal options for families at a difficult time in their lives.
Yoga for Grief and Loss
March 11th, 2009
Yoga for Grief and Loss
With Susan Fusco-Fazio
Sunday March 15, 2009 10 AM-12 PM
Early Registration Discount Cost $20 if Pre-register and prepay by 5 PM March 13 after this time cost will be $35
To register call Open Doors at 781-843-8224 or contact Susan directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you been depressed lately, suffering from the loss of a loved one.
Additional classes will be held Saturday April 4 and May 9 11:00-1:00 PM. www.opendoors7.com.
Let the body grieve through yoga!
Join others who share in the challenge of living with grief and to experience how a yoga practice can help bring relief and healing to the difficult emotions of grief, anxiety and depression, and become a useful coping method. Sessions are geared toward those suffering from bereavement or a life changing loss. Appropriate for bereaved parents, siblings, spouse, or friend.
The session time will be divided between, shared discussion (optional), breath work and yoga postures. Breathing exercises will help to bring a deeper and fuller breath, bringing upon states of relaxation, calm or energy. Emphasis will be on Hatha style yoga postures. There will be gentle and deeply held postures which are good for anxiety, fear and sorrow, and=2 0energizing postures to help heal the lethargy of depression . The classes aim to empower you with the "tools" of yoga to help you chip away at the "pain body" and help to bring some healing and release of some of emotional pain, mental fatigue, and physical aches often associated with grief. Handouts will be available. Yoga mats provided to beginners.
Healing Grief Through Yoga
December 15th, 2008
YOGA HEALING FOR GRIEF, LOSS, DEPRESSION
Classes Category: Yoga
Class Type: Free
Yoga for Grief, Loss, and Depression
With Susan Fusco-Fazio, RYT certified
FREE Weekend Classes
Open Doors, Braintree
Sundays at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
January 11th, February 15th
Let the body grieve through yoga! Join us to experience how a yoga practice can help bring relief and healing to the difficult emotions of grief, anxiety and blues. Sessions are geared toward bereaved parents, those who have lost a parent, friend or spouse, as well as those suffering life changing personal losses. Anyone experiencing emotional pain of loss or who struggles with depression and anxiety can benefit from yoga. Emphasis will be on practicing Hatha style yoga postures and breathing exercises which aim to bring deeper healing and release to the emotional pain, mental fatigue, and physical aches often associated with these conditions. Some discussion time will be provided. Sharing is optional.
Yoga mats and blocks will be provided.
Please wear loose clothing and bring a water bottle.
All levels welcome.Come to only one or all of the classes!
Susan Fusco-Fazio. Susan is also a bereaved parent who finds the practice of yoga to bring deep relief to the emotional and physical pain of grief. She also teaches light power yoga at Open Doors Yoga Studio in Weymouth. Susan is a Karma/Seva Yoga Grant Recipient from Mass . Yoga Network.
Registration Info: by email or phone , Pre-registration suggested to insure that class will run
email@example.com , 781-856-2089, walk-ins welcome
Location: Open Doors , Braintree, MA.
register via email or Call 781-843-8224
Announcing the birth of Gavan Daniel Biggins
December 12th, 2008
Dan and Danielle Biggins are the proud parents of Gavan Daniel who was born at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston on Friday December 12, 2008.
Young Gavan weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. and was 19 inches long. His full head of hair and dimpled chin add to his adorable looks.
New grandparents, Bob and Chris Biggins are looking forward to spoiling him "rotten!"
Social networking Web sites become an outlet for grief
November 6th, 2008
When teens die, their online profiles remain active, and friends and family use the sites to express their grief. Some continue to post messages years after a teen has died.
Teens say the sites allow them to remember, give them a place to share their emotions, see what everyone is thinking, and, in a sense, communicate with the deceased.
“You can actually look at what she was, remember what she was and look at how many people do miss her,” said Laurel Hibbard of Stoughton, a friend of Molly’s. “Every time I write ... I always end up just writing and smiling.”
Molly Fitzgerald created a MySpace page before she died. Her sister, Caitlin, and friends have since created pages on Facebook in her memory.
Hibbard, 18, said she posts on one of Molly’s sites when she’s missing her or stressed out. She last posted on her MySpace page in January, during her high school midterms.
Counselors and funeral directors say social networking sites can be helpful for grieving teens and the messages they post can be a continuing source of comfort for parents.
Online grieving is also becoming more mainstream.
Funeral directors have added message boards on their Web sites for mourners. They say it is especially advantageous for those who cannot travel for funerals.
Bob Biggins of Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home of Rockland, and his partner, his 28-year-old son, have created their own Facebook account and a profile for the funeral home.
“It’s become such a mode of communication for this new generation,” Biggins said. “It’s helpful, in addition to the face-to-face handshake and hug.”
Ed Jones, funeral director at Downing Cottage Funeral Chapel in Hingham, said his generation would have written a sympathy card.
“I know this is the new way. This is the way it’s going to be,” he said.
When a Facebook member dies, the company puts the profile in a memorial section, hiding certain parts of the profile from public view. If a loved one asks that the profile be removed, it will be disabled, a company spokeswoman said.
Julie Currier, 18, of Hanover said reading all of the messages and memories on her friend’s page, “Kelsey Prinsen is in our hearts,” makes her feel good.
Prinsen, 17, a Hanover High School junior, died in April 2007. Her memorial group has 789 members.
“You can see how much people care about each other. It’s like a whole support group,” she said. “Kelsey was a great person. She should be remembered in any way possible.”
Lori Mahoney of Scituate, whose son Timothy was killed in a car crash in February, said she and her husband took solace in the condolences they received through the online guests books on MeM.com (Making everlasting Memories) and Legacy.com, memorial sites linked to newspaper Web sites.
Timothy has a Facebook site, but his mother had trouble accessing it.
“It’s meaningful to hear what people have to say and to hear that he was special and won’t be forgotten,” Mahoney said. “Certainly those things meant a great deal to us at the time.”
Jim Fitzgerald said he doesn’t check Molly’s MySpace page as often as he used to but still finds comfort in knowing her friends think about her.
“They’re still reaching out to her in the way that they were accustomed to doing,” he said. “That keeps her alive for us. ... I don’t think they realize how important it is to us that they still care.”
By Sydney Schwartz
The Patriot Ledger. Sydney Schwartz may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAGOUN-BIGGINS FUNERAL HOME BRINGS LICENSED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL URNS & CASKETS TO SOUTH SHORE MARKET
October 20th, 2008
Rockland, Mass – Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, based in Rockland, today announced that it will offer the Boston Red Sox line of Eternal Image (EI) brand name urns and caskets to its customers beginning on October 27, 2008. Magoun-Biggins is the first funeral home provider in New England to offer this unique opportunity for the families that they serve to recognize the pride and passion that our region has in the “hometown team.” Dan Biggins, Vice-President of the firm said, “This unique product offering is consistent with our desire to provide families all of the possibilities to “Celebrate the Dignity of Life.” The EI line includes urns, caskets, and will include monuments and vaults featuring officially licensed major brands including; Major League Baseball™, Precious Moments®, the Vatican Library Collection™, and STAR TREK™.
Eternal Image also offers officially licensed pet urns and memorial garden markers featuring the American Kennel Club™ and the Cat Fanciers’ Association™. In addition, EI is now offering a line of brand image caskets and urns for Collegiate Licensing Corporation, which represents colleges and universities across the US.
“Funeral homes are often the first line of contact for people seeing our products, and we are pleased that the Biggins family will represent us on the South Shore of Massachusetts.” said Clint Mytych, president of Eternal Image. “Their experience in providing top service and products to their customers will serve us, and the consumer, well.”
The Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home is a family owned and operated firm which has been recognized by the National Funeral Directors Association with the prestigious “Pursuit of Excellence Award” for their commitment to providing the highest of ethical care to their community. Their full service approach to issues of grief and loss includes bereavement aftercare services, and a newly launched effort to assist families dealing with the loss of a family pet.
Eternal Image products are only available through approved funeral homes. Consumers are able to view current and new products on Eternal Image’s web site, www.eternalimage.net. For more information call the funeral home at 781-878-1775 or visit www.magounbiggins.com.
Erin Biggins Weds Michael Russo
October 4th, 2008
Bob and Chris Biggins are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter Erin Kelly to Mr. Michael Dana Russo.
Rev. John Kearns, Rev. Cynthia Shepherd and Rev. Mark Hannon officiated at the Nuptial Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Hanson. A reception and celebration followed in the Waverly Oaks Country Club in Plymouth.
After a honeymoon in Jamaica, the couple will reside in Whitman.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 1st, 2008
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) program is dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer through a nationwide campaign. NBCAM started as a weeklong campaign in 1985 with 2 founding members. Today the American Cancer Society is one of many national public service organizations, professional associations, and government agencies that form the NBCAM Board of Sponsors. During October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the member organizations of the Board of Sponsors join forces to spread the message that early detection of breast cancer followed by prompt treatment saves lives.
The American Cancer Society programs that are available to achieve these goals include:
National Cancer Information Center
Trained Cancer Information Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to offer the comfort of live support and to answer questions about cancer, link callers with resources in their communities, and provide information on local events. Spanish-speaking information specialists are available, and callers who speak languages other than English and Spanish can also be assisted. To reach the NCIC, call 1-800-ACS-2345.
Email National Cancer Information Center
The Email National Cancer Information Center (eNCIC) The American Cancer Society’s email center is a cancer information service that allows cancer patients, their families, and the public to ask questions about cancer and receive prompt and unbiased information from a Cancer Information Specialist or an oncology nurse. Visit the Society's Web site at www.cancer.org and click on "contact us."
American Cancer Society Web site
The American Cancer Society Web site (www.cancer.org) This user-friendly Web site includes an interactive cancer resource center containing in-depth information on every major cancer type. The site answers questions about breast cancer, risk factors, strategies for early detection, new diagnostic techniques, and the latest treatment options. Additionally, select content is available in Spanish. Visit the part of our Web site dedicated to breast cancer at www.cancer.org/breastcancer.
The American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer
The Society provides a complete set of recommendations for detecting breast cancer early, emphasizing the need for women aged 40 and older to get regular annual mammograms.
National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
To reduce disparities in breast cancer among medically underserved populations, the American Cancer Society is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote the need for and importance of their National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) The NBCCEDP provides low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women aged 50 to 64 access to breast and cervical cancer screening tests and follow-up services.
The Breast Cancer Treatment Guidelines for Patients
This publication helps breast cancer patients make informed decisions about their treatment. The Treatment Guidelines are published jointly by theAmerican Cancer Society and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. View them online.
Reach to Recovery®
This program, facilitated by trained volunteers who are breast cancer survivors, helps newly diagnosed breast cancer patients cope with their disease by providing emotional support and information. The survivor-volunteers can also remind newly diagnosed patients about the importance of continuing to get their annual mammograms following treatment for the disease.
Look Good...Feel Better®
This free, national public service program is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Personal Care Products Council (formerly the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, or CTFA), and the National Cosmetology Association. Look Good…Feel Better is dedicated to teaching female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during cancer treatments. Services include two-hour group makeover workshops and one-on-one salon consultations. The program also provides educational materials. Visit the Look Good...Feel Better Web site.
Tender Loving Care®
"tlc"™ is a "magalog" (magazine and catalog in one) that provides medical information and special products for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, breast cancer survivors, and any woman experiencing treatment-related hair loss. This convenient, nationwide catalog is sent directly to homes upon request. Products in “tlc” include a variety of hats, turbans, kerchiefs, hairpieces, mastectomy bras, and breast forms. Silicone prostheses are also offered. Visit the "tlc" Web site.
I Can Cope®
This series of educational classes is for people with cancer and their families and friends. Doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals provide information about cancer, encouragement, and practical hints through presentations and class discussions. Learn more about I Can Cope.
Cancer Survivors Networksm
This virtual community provides connectivity, anonymity, and accessibility for survivors and their caregivers. The Cancer Survivors Network’s online services contain survivor and caregiver content, including radio talk show conversations/interviews, personal stories, personal Web pages, discussion forums, an expressions gallery, and survivor-recommended resources. Learn more about the Cancer Survivors Network.
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
This nonprofit, nonpartisan, sister organization of the American Cancer Society uses issue campaigns and voter education aimed at lawmakers and candidates to support laws and policies that will help people fight cancer. ACS CAN volunteers can help by contacting their lawmakers to ask for their support of important cancer-related issues. In accordance with the Society’s access to health care efforts, the Society and ACS CAN advocate for important legislation and public programs that provide increased access to breast cancer screenings and follow-up care for a greater proportion of uninsured women. Learn more about the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer®
This nationwide series of noncompetitive walking events is designed to raise funds and awareness to fight breast cancer. In 2006, more than 450,000 walkers across the country raised more than $40 million to help the American Cancer Society fight this disease. Visit the Making Strides Agsinst Breast Cancer Web site.
Relay For Life®
This unique community event celebrates survivorship and raises money for cancer-fighting programs. Teams of eight to 15 people camp out overnight at a local stadium, park, or fairground and take turns walking around a track or path for 12 to 24 hours. The event usually begins with a survivor lap in which cancer survivors take a victory lap around the track. Later, a candlelight ceremony is held to honor cancer survivors and remember those lost to the disease. Relay For Life events are held in more than 4,800 communities across the country. Learn more about Relay For Life.
This easy-to-use email system is designed to ensure that women aged 40 and older remember to get their annual mammogram. This interactive tool will send an email message each year reminding users to "Please, schedule your mammogram today." The mammogram reminder system also allows users to send reminders to the important women in their lives, so they will remember to get their mammograms, too. Every woman deserves a mammogram every year. To sign up for a mammogram reminder or send one to someone else go to www.cancer.org/breastcancer and click on the link "Get a Mammogram Reminder."
In keeping with our history of supporting scientific research, the Society has been collaborating with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) since 2004 to promote the Sister Study, a nationwide study to learn about the environmental and genetic causes of breast cancer. Support for this study is consistent with the Society’s leadership role of leveraging our scientific credibility and unique position to support innovative, high-impact research. The Society is continuing to support the Sister Study in 2007 to help increase awareness and promote the recruitment of 50,000 women whose sisters have had breast cancer.
September 25th, 2008
On September 22, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 29th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards. The PBS FRONTLINE documentary “The Undertaking” won an Emmy in the “Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming” category".
“The Undertaking” presented a moving, insightful view of funeral service and the important work performed by funeral service professionals every day. The documentary featured multi-generation, National Funeral Directors Association-member (NFDA) firm Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, which operates from several locations in suburban Detroit, Michigan. More information about “The Undertaking” can be found at http://www.pbs.org/frontline/undertaking.
“The Undertaking” was produced by Karen O’Connor and Miri Navasky. Michael Sullivan and David Fanning served as executive producers on the project. “The Undertaking” beat out three other films to win the Emmy: “What Remains: The Life & Work of Sally Mann” (Cinemax), “Czar Putin” (CNN) and “NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell” (VH1).
“We are very pleased that the creative work of Karen O’Connor and Miri Navasky was honored in such a way,” says NFDA Secretary Patrick Lynch, of Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors. “More importantly we are grateful to the Verrino, King, Kelly and Leonard families for allowing a film crew into their grief in order to better the lives of others. My late father, Edward Lynch, would be very pleased with the way his profession and the work of his grandsons was portrayed. I am also so proud of my brother Tom [Lynch] and the work he has done; His book was the reason FRONTLINE Executive Producer David Fanning was inspired to create ‘The Undertaking.’”
Funeral service professionals attending the 2008 NFDA International Convention & Expo, October 12-15 in Orlando, Fla., will have an opportunity to look behind the scenes of the making of “The Undertaking.” On Tuesday, October 14, members of the Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors staff will present the workshop “Lights, Camera, Action: Working as the Cameras Roll.” For six months, Michael Lynch, Paddy Lynch, Tim Lynch and Ken Kutzli worked under the lights and before the cameras as O’Connor and Navasky brought “The Undertaking” into being. For the millions of people who have viewed “The Undertaking,” these four funeral directors are now the face of funeral service in America. They will share what it is like to represent their profession to a curious public and stand up to the scrutiny of the media.
At the Closing Session of the NFDA convention on October 15, O’Connor will join NFDA Past President Robert J. Biggins in a Letterman-style discussion exploring how and why FRONTLINE filmed a documentary about funeral service, the public reaction to “The Undertaking” and what the families featured in the story thought about the experience.
In conjunction with the premier of this film in October 2007, NFDA developed a comprehensive community-outreach package, which includes a DVD of the FRONTLINE episode, a copy of the award-winning book The Undertaking by Thomas Lynch, a study guide developed by faculty from the University of Michigan based on these two works, a community presentation that imparts the value of the funeral, and suggestions on how funeral service professionals can best use these tools in their communities.
Erin Biggins and Michael Russo Engagement
March 31st, 2008
Bob and Chris Biggins are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Erin to Michael Russo.Mike is the son of Lori J. (Estes) Russo of Hanson and Dana M. Russo of Brockton.
Erin and Mike were both raised and educated in Hanson and are planning a Nuptial Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Hanson on October 4, 2008. A reception will follow at the Waverly Oaks Golf Course in Plymouth.
Erin is the Office Manager/Production Assistant at Books 24/7 in Norwood, MA and Mike is a New Business Development Representative for Monster Worldwide in Maynard, MA.
Erin is the granddaughter of Thomas Biggins of Shrewsbury, Corrine Siles of Worcester and the late Eleanor Biggins and Walter Stiles. Mike is the grandson of Joanne Estes of Hanson, Shirley and Jan Russo of Hanson, Joan and Bernie Kirby of E. Bridgewater and the late Walter "Ike" Estes.
PBS FRONTLINE Review
November 10th, 2007
Having had the opportunity to view the PBS production “The Undertaking” I am compelled to share my views, vision and downright excitement over this provocative and compelling look into our profession in a way that I believe will shape the future conversations about funerals and those that provide them for generations to come.
FRONTLINE is after all the recognized leader in providing compelling and engaging documentaries that explore the issues of our times. They have redefined public affairs television setting the standard by which television news programs are measured. Tom Lynch likewise, has become recognized globally as a voice for what it is that we as funeral director’s do, and how we do it. Marching to a drum based in service and the hallmark of what our profession is, he speaks clearly and often forcefully on his view of where we are in our mission of caring. His standards and opinions of the “funeral frivolities”, has set him apart as singularly clear that we must not lose sight of our humble role in helping families say goodbye.
Tom is quoted as saying,” After spending nearly a year following our staff and the families we serve through their daily rounds, Karen O’Connor and Miri Navasky “get” the gravity and humanity that surrounds our work. It is my hope that by making this film, more and more young men and women of good character and high purpose will be “called” to serve the living by caring for the dead.”
“Called” is a wonderful word; it speaks volumes to the need for our profession to reach for the high standards depicted in the FRONTLINE film. Caring for families and listening to their needs to serve them is our only hope for the future. Who among us will ever forget Nevada and Anthony Verrino who while facing the imminent death of their only child, two-year-old Anthony, who was born with a rare genetic disorder proclaimed, during the filming, “ ….we can’t imagine life without him but the traditions that we follow….maybe they will help us survive.” Yes Nevada, they will!
For those of us in funeral service, watching this film and imagining having a film crew follow our daily work would seem to cause most of us to come unglued. We must applaud the Lynch family for getting it right and for taking the risk to do so. Tom’s brother Pat, who also appears with his son Paddy and their staff responded to my question of his level of comfort in this process, “Our willingness to allow a film crew into the funeral home and the lives of the families we serve was a risk, to be sure. But, after speaking with the FRONTLINE producers I believed they would create an honest film, focusing on the important work of funeral directors and the help that we offer to grieving and suffering people.”
This work, not produced, directed or influenced by the normal venues of funeral service marketing and death care promoters, will I believe reshape the conversation of our profession. A tool for the generations if you will, that depicts the significance of ceremony, the positive power and value of viewing our deceased and the importance and value of advance planning not to spare emotion but to foster it. The spokesperson team in this film is the families themselves. Those who are in the process of loss that looks to ceremony to aid in their healing.
HBO’s “Six Feet Under” has opened the chain of current conversation into funeral service, we all have witnessed this from our friends and families over the past several years, but now, FRONTLINE highlights not the actors playing funeral directors, but the real people that deal with real life and real death. Who better to preach our gospel of service? FRONTLINE will be the standard by which we can raise the bar and inform the masses of the value of what we do, serving the living, while caring for the dead!
Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home Sponsors Bereavement Support Group
September 24th, 2007
Our mission is to provide families with bereavement support in a safe place where they may find individual expression for their loss and develop competence in managing their grief in ways that promote resiliency and self-esteem. The CIRCLE provides direct bereavement support for children and parents or guardians. The program encourages remembering and sharing through creative outlets such as writing, playing, singing, and creating art. The CIRCLE is offered two Monday evenings a month throughout the school year, from 6 to 8:00 pm. The program includes children ages 5 to 13, with an accompanying adult in each family group. The curriculum follows the four stages of mourning as developed by Dr. Sandra Fox, founder of the Good Grief Program. Pizza dinner is served.
Currently, there are three CIRCLE programs offered to the Greater Boston community:
The South Shore CIRCLE
This CIRCLE meets every other Monday for from 6:00 to 8:00 pm throughout the school year.
The Good Grief Program provides training, consultation, and crisis intervention in the area of children's bereavement. Sibling bereavement,chronic illness of a family member, adolescent suicide, homicide, developmental and physical disabilities, incarceration of a parent, perinatal loss, life-challenging issues, the multiple losses of foster care are but a few of the topics visited by our local and national trainings.
Based on the premise that in the crisis of loss lies a unique opportunity for children to develop, strengthen, and master coping skills, our mission is to train adult professionals to:
Know what children and adolescents need in order to face loss
Create an infrastructure of necessary support during a school-based crisis
Assist children as they accomplish the psychological tasks of understanding, grieving, commemorating, and moving forward with their lives after a loss.
For more information or to obtain a schedule:
The Good Grief Program
1 Boston Medical Center Place, Mat 5
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 414-4005
Fax: (617) 414-7915
E-Mail: mtrozzi @bu.edu