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Nervous about Carrying a Coffin? Help and Advice

If you have been asked to be a pallbearer at a loved one’s or friend’s funeral, it’s only natural that you might feel nervous about carrying a coffin. While many of us dream about becoming a bridesmaid, godparent or best man, few of us think about the day we may be asked to play a […]

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Ideas for Memorial Keepsakes

Memorial keepsakes are precious items that connect us, in both small and profound ways, to those who have passed. Sometimes, memorial keepsakes are deeply personal, such as a favourite piece of clothing someone close to you used to wear. On other occasions, however, they are less intimate (if no less special) and intended for all […]

Figure Staring Out to Sea - What is Complex Grief

What Is Complex Grief?

Grief is always a many-layered thing, composed of intricate notes of memory and emotion that emanate from the deepest parts of our being. It may therefore feel trite to describe some griefs as “complex” (with the inherent implication that others are “straightforward”), but when we are dealing with something as profound as mourning, the words […]

A Picture of White Lilies: Funeral Flower Meanings

Understanding the Meanings of Funeral Flowers

Flowers have been a part of funeral rites across many cultures for time immemorial. Over the centuries, we have cultivated a form of language around the meanings of funeral flowers, as we try to give our feelings a tangible representation and honour the lives of our loved ones who have passed.  Flowers are used in […]

Older man speaking at a funeral - What does grief teach us?

What Does Grief Teach Us?

Isolation, loneliness, emptiness: all very normal feelings when in a state of grief and all of them can feel unbearable at times. It can often feel like there’s just no light at the end of the tunnel and there’s no way we can ever feel better. But as we know, whether it’s through our own […]

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How to Manage Stress During a Funeral

On the whole, there are two types of funerals; the ones we are able to plan in advance, and the ones that take us relatively by shock. For most of us, planning a funeral is likely to fall under the latter category. Even if our loved ones are older or unwell, a passing can still […]

forest funeral scene - do we still need traditional funerals

Do We Still Need Traditional Funerals?

Emotionally speaking, funerals are one of the most important events we ever have to organise, and it is no surprise that people want to get every detail right in honouring the person they have lost. While many people have an idea of what a funeral should be, the possibilities available to mourners are actually far […]

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What Makes a Good Funeral Director

As sad as it is, there will come a time when each and every one of us will need a funeral director. Perhaps it will be to say goodbye to one of our loved ones, or even when it comes to our own last moments. As such, funeral directors play an important role in our […]

Person with head in hands - how to move on during COVID-19

How To Move On During COVID-19

The pandemic brought grief into everyone’s day to day, and not just for those who have tragically lost someone to COVID-19, but also through grieving the lifestyles and experiences we had before lockdown. Grief just feels like it follows us everywhere we go and with the pandemic never seeming to be over, with new variants sending us into new lockdowns and uncertainty being the new norm, it feels as though we might never be able to heal or move on from what we have all been experiencing.