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Memorial limit debated

Time-limits on roadside memorials might actually be healthy for those mourning the loss of a loved one.

Time-limits on roadside memorials might actually be healthy for those mourning the loss of a loved one.

Patrick Keelan, a registered psychologist with the Calgary Counselling Centre, said that having control over your personal grieving process assists in the ability to move on.

“In the initial stages, if these memorials are up, I think that’s fine ... but as time goes on, if the memorials are up for an indefinite period, it might, for many people, get in the way of them taking steps towards adjusting to life without the person,” Keelan said.

However, he cautions what works for one person might not work for another.

“Grieving (is) one of the most individual phenomenon out there,” he said.

He said it could be considered a “tangible piece of evidence that you’re not alone,” though he might instead recommend having a private place such as a cemetery where one can choose to go to and remember the person rather than have a constant, public reminder.

Yesterday, the transportation committee gave the thumbs up to a nine-month time limit on the memorials.

Ald. Jim Stevenson said he supported it, saying there needs to be a time when they can be taken down without opposition, but Ald. Ray Jones disagreed.

“I just don’t think (the memorials) are harming anybody,” Jones said.

Council will debate the issue on March 9.

 
 
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