have a profound and troubling effect on both the mental and physical wellbeing
of a person who has recently lost a loved one. This powerful emotion can have a
devastating impact on the balance of our emotions and is linked to a number of
physical symptoms as well. There is an old phrase that people can be ‘sick with
grief’ and modern research indicates that this can be literal as well as
period of bereavement, it can be easy to discount or ignore symptoms that you
might notice under normal circumstances. The symptoms most associated with
grief are things like, fatigue, restlessness, insomnia, a loss of appetite and
panic attacks. However, there are some much more serious symptoms too like
gastric distress, heart problems, increased blood pressure and a suppressed
immune system. Dr. Malerba
, a Doctor of
Osteopathic Medicine, is on record as attributing unresolved grief as “the
most common ‘natural’ cause of chronic illness”.
So, with all
of this in mind, the last thing you need when dealing with grief is the added
stress of organising a funeral. The death of a loved one is an incredibly
stressful experience – often cited as the most stressful experience that we can
ever go through – so it’s important for your mental and physical wellbeing that
as much stress is removed from this process as possible. One of the best ways
to do this is to hire trusted funeral directors to take control of much of the
planning duties. Here we describe the kinds of services that funeral directors
directors are professionals who manage funeral homes and organise the logistics
and planning of a funeral. A funeral home, also known as a funeral parlour or
mortuary, is the place where funeral directors operate and the location where
the deceased is kept and prepared. Funeral homes also often have on-site
chapels for the family to congregate and pray if they would like to.
As part of
their services, funeral directors will plan and assist with all the logistics
of a funeral from start to finish, as well as assisting the family with the
more emotional side of the process. Funeral directors are not just there to
plan, sign paperwork and deal with the funeral in a sterile way. They play an
active role in the support network of the bereaved and guide the family through
sensitive processes both professionally and empathetically.
we love dies, the last things we need to be thinking about are plans and
organisation. Grieving is a long and emotionally dense process, so the very
last thing on our minds should be paperwork. Relying on the experience of a
funeral director provides families with the peace of mind they deserve and
allows them to go through the grieving process unfettered by the stress of
So, what is
it that they actually do?
deceased has passed, you will need to tell the family doctor of the death,
register the death at the Registrar’s Office or coroner, find the will and then
begin making funeral plans. So, one of the very first calls that you’re likely
to make immediately after someone’s passing is to a funeral director. This
means that, from the very start, the funeral director will be with you and on
hand to help.
have confirmed the cause of death and the death certificate has been given, the
funeral director will take over. First of all, they will help organise the
relocation of the body to the funeral home where an embalming process can take
place before a viewing. The funeral directors will also take ownership of all
of the required paperwork for the funeral ceremony. As well as this, the
director will be able to assist with the sending out of invitations, organising
flowers for the service, sort out the date and time, help choose the venue,
arrange cars and catering and all of those organisational tasks. They also look
after everything on the day so that the family can be left to grieve.
more than that, a funeral director’s role is to accurately represent the wishes
of the deceased’s family and offer advice and consultation. Initially, the
funeral director will have a period of conversation with the family to get to
know them all, as well as the deceased, on a personal level to build a sense of
trust. Funerals are clearly a very sensitive time and topic, so this is a
crucial service to alleviate any worries or concerns with the family. The
director will spend time listening to the family and their wishes, to make sure
that they understand them completely and can make the process of saying the
final farewell less painful.
directors also act as emotional support for people. They can use their
experience dealing with families who have had close relatives and friends pass
away to guide others through that process. They are able to suggest
organisations and charities which may be able to help further with the grieving
process. The best funeral directors will take an active interest in the family
and look to help wherever possible and ensure that the entire situation is
dealt with empathy and kindness. This can make all the difference.
director will also be able to help with the organisation of a funeral plan.
Although none of us really want to talk about our passing before it happens,
doing so can bring financial peace of mind to the people you leave behind.
plans allow you to plan and finance your funeral whilst you are still alive and
well. This means that you can communicate all of the wishes you have; what
flowers you would like, your favourite music, where you’d like it to take place
and whether you would prefer to be buried or cremated. This means that
your family won’t be wondering whether
they have created a good service for you, as you would have been actively
involved throughout the process. Although it can be distressing, this
experience can also be a way for the family to come together and share memories
of a loved one whilst they’re all still alive.
financial point of view, funeral plans also allow you to pay for a funeral at
today’s rates. Unfortunately, the cost of dying is rising
remarkable level, leaving swathes of the population unable to afford a funeral
for their loved ones. Paying for and planning a funeral today allows you to
future-proof against this. These costs are only going to continue to rise, so
it’s a clever idea to plan ahead.
& Sons are family-run, local funeral directors that have assisted countless
families across West and South Yorkshire in what is often the hardest part of
their lives. We have over 60 years of experience creating touching celebrations
for the families of loved ones in Wakefield, Pontefract and Barnsley.
understand that organising a funeral is one of the toughest experiences that we
can ever go through, which is why we always put compassion and empathy at the
heart of our funeral and cremation
services. With that ethos in mind, we offer 24-hour availability for all of the
families that we work with to offer further advice and comfort.
To find out
more about our services and funeral costs, contact
. You can find us at Normington & Sons Limited, 1A
Mill Lane Ryhill, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 2AL, call us on 01226 700 760
or email us at email@example.com.