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Overcoming your fear of funerals

fear of funerals guide

OVERCOMING YOUR FEAR OF FUNERALS If you’ve ever felt anxious at a funeral, you’re not alone. This post will provide you with essential advice on how to get through a funeral.  There are many different reasons why people might feel stressed or nervous in the lead up to the funeral of a loved one, friend […]

An essential guide to writing the perfect condolence message

We’ve all had to get used to different methods of communication during the pandemic. Apparently, the art of letter writing has quickly come back into fashion, as many more people have taken to pen and paper to check in with loved ones. Do you find writing comes naturally? Or are you always searching for the […]

Coping with grief around anniversaries

While there are certain recognised stages of grief, there is no right or wrong way to grieve the loss of a loved one; everyone is different. There are lots of resources online for bereavement support, which some of us may reach for soon after losing a loved one. However, we can of course experience feelings […]

How nature can help us in difficult times

  It’s a well known fact that spending time outdoors has major health benefits, both physically and mentally. Getting back to nature can improve your mood, reduce stress, help you be more active and even increase your self-esteem. If you can’t go outside yet due to some restrictions, you can still reduce stress with games […]

What the month of May has taught us about mental health and talking about death

May is the month of both Dying Matters Awareness Week and Mental Health Awareness Week. While we acknowledge these important events every year, this year, of course, is quite different. Are we closer to talking about death now that we are living through a global pandemic and faced with devastating figures every day? Are we […]

Coronavirus: Losing a loved one in difficult times

Losing someone at any time is hard but, in our current situation, attending funerals and coping with grief have become even harder. Life in lockdown is presenting so many challenges, but whether we are recently bereaved and trying to cope in isolation or dealing with the death of a loved one at this time, there […]

Funeral service stationery

Funeral Order of Service – the little part of a funeral with the big impact A Funeral Order of Service is a small booklet that is given out to all attendees at a funeral. While many would be forgiven for assuming that it is simply an ‘itinerary’ of the service, complete with words to the […]

Clearing the Possessions of a Loved One

When a loved one dies, one of the most difficult tasks you may have to take on is clearing out their home. It can be a difficult and emotional time, but it’s also an important step in the grieving process and there are ways to make it easier to handle.    The art of death […]

Attending a Winter Funeral

The clocks have gone back, Halloween is over for another year and Christmas is just a few short weeks away. Yes, winter is here! A few months ago, back during that wonderful heat wave, we blogged about attending funeral services in the height of summer. Now, we thought it would be helpful to write a […]

Dealing with Death in a Digital Age

The way we deal with death in 2019 is very different from even just a decade ago. Today, our physical lives run parallel with our online presence and, for many of us, everything is documented online from our baby’s 12 week scan to our death. While we’re creating these digital footprints, we’re also faced daily […]