John Kennedy Saynor

John Kennedy Saynor is a retired Priest in the Toronto Diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada and a licensed funeral director. He has had extensive experience in facilitating bereavement support groups and conducting seminars and workshops on various aspects of bereavement counselling.

He is the author of Saying Goodbye, Goodbye Grandma, and Buster the Clown is Dead (for children), Dead is a Four Letter Word: A Young Person’s Guide Through Grief (for adolescents) and Genesis: A Personal Guide through Grief (for adults). He is the editor of a semi annual newsletter, GENESIS: New Beginnings for the Bereaved. He has also written the "Growing Through Grief" series of ten brochures His ministry in counselling bereaved people provides the basis for his writings.

In addition to writing, counselling and training, he is a much sought after speaker on grief and bereavement. John brings a warmth and easy manner to this difficult subject.

He is a member of the Ontario Funeral Service Association (OFSA), The Bay of Quinte Funeral Directors, and the Bereavement Ontario Network (BON).

Grief’s Teachable Moments No Comments

There are, as you know, many teachable moments in our lives. From the time we are born our parents and teachers look for moments in which we can be taught important lessons that will affect the rest of our lives. I suspect that as we get older and are responsible for teaching those who are younger we don’t often realize…

Anticipatory Grief: What is it? No Comments

This winter I took my annual winter vacation. I actually began to plan this vacation last summer. It seemed odd planning a winter vacation while I was still basking in the sun and heat, but in anticipation of how much I dislike winter, I made my reservation and mailed a deposit for my accommodation. I booked my flight. It was still a long time before departure day, but I began to think about the places…

Helping Teens Walk the Tightrope of Grief No Comments

When an adolescent experiences the death of a family member or friend, often adults related to the young person stand by helplessly wondering what to do. It is my experience that the anxiety level of adults rises considerably as they wonder what they can do, what they should do and how a young person is going to cope with the loss. Although it is a new and frightful world for many adults, it doesn’t need to be. With a bit of common sense and understanding of what a young person is going through…

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Helping Yourself Through Grief No Comments

During the months following a death those who are grieving often ask, “How can I help myself?” or, “What do I have to do next?” The reality is that you may have a great deal of support from family or friends, or from professionals, but you must be engaged in your own recovery. There is a great deal you can do for yourself. Here are some tips others have found helpful. Learn all you can about grief. Much has been published about grief over the years and it is a subject that many professionals are attempting to understand. Many funeral homes have a library with resources that will be helpful…

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