Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

How to Deal with Death on Important Occasions

Facing the loss of a loved one is difficult at any time but when people pass away on important occasions it can be even more challenging.

Whether the important occasion is a date that is only significant within your family or if it’s a widely known occasion such as Christmas Day, it can add extra stress to an already very emotional situation.

It is important to be aware that services such as the NHS, funeral directors, police, most support charities and other professions associated with care and death operate 365 days a year. Therefore if you’re concerned that a loved one may pass away on a ‘UK holiday date’ you can still access the help and support you need. Services are available to you 24 hours a day, every day.

If you’re facing a situation whereby you lose a loved one on a special family date, maybe a child’s birthday for example, then you must allow yourself time to come to terms with how best to handle your grief. In time, it’s important to separate the two anniversaries. Find a moment to reflect and grieve that doesn’t impact your child’s celebrations and special day. It’s perfectly acceptable to celebrate a family member’s birthday, even if it is the anniversary of the loss of a loved one. It is likely that the person you are grieving for would want you to embrace happy situations, regardless of the date. Reassure your child that their special day will remain a happy celebration focused on them.

In the same way, if you lose someone on Christmas Day, New Years Day, Easter Sunday or any other widely significant date, it’s important to remember that in time, you will move on to enjoy these occasions once again, whilst finding time to reflect and remember the person that has passed away.

At Greenfield Coffins we find that the process involved in choosing the design of a pictorial cardboard coffin can help the grieving process. Reflecting on the life and loves of the person you are saying a final farewell to can help you to remember them fondly. It can also be a time where friends and family can come together to support each other whilst choosing the right design – bespoke or otherwise.

If you’d like to find out more about a pictorial cardboard coffin for a funeral you’re involved in planning, contact our sympathetic and helpful team today.

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