Coming to terms with your loss
The process of grieving is a long and difficult one, encompassing a huge range of emotional and practical considerations.
Making decisions about funeral arrangements can become an additional source of worry and concern at a time which is already extremely stressful. By placing their instructions in our hands, families can rely on us carrying out their wishes accurately and with the utmost respect.
The path of grief is a difficult one, but nonetheless one from which everyone emerges, however dark the days may be at times. No two people will experience or deal with grief in the same way but it is important to remember that grief is a natural process, and one that equips us to learn to live life anew.
The pain you feel can often be eased simply by expressing it. Talk to someone about your feelings. You may feel a wide range of emotions, all of which are your natural way of dealing with circumstances. Many people experience feelings of denial, guilt, shock, depression and anger at being left, but these are perfectly normal reactions and should not be suppressed.
Grief can also manifest itself physically; mourners have been known to suffer breathlessness, anxiety attacks, sleep disturbances and palpitations. If you feel unwell, see your doctor; he or she will be able to offer friendly advice and specialist guidance.
As well as the emotional side of loss, it is important to deal with the many practical issues which arise at this time. Banks and building societies must be informed, and names may need to be changed on utility bills, credit card payments, or insurance policies. Employers also need to be notified, as might hospitals if any appointments were booked.
We are always available to offer compassionate advice, and can put you in touch with specialist support services if you need them. We will do everything we can to help you regain the strength you need to deal with your loss and continue moving forward.