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Learn more about stopping identity theft of someone who has recently passed.

Funeral Home & Cemetery Resources

Protecting Your Deceased Loved One From The Risk of Identity Theft

Important Tips to Keep in Mind About Funeral Home and Visitation Etiquette

Methods to Help You Cope Following A Loved One’s Death

Important Reasons to Compose A Will

Protecting Your Deceased Loved One From The Risk of Identity Theft

The grief of losing a loved one is a very tumultuous and heartbreaking experience for everyone involved. Unfortunately, in the world that we live in, some people disregard this pain entirely and are willing to capitalize on the identity of the deceased. Frequently, individuals engage in such behaviour because they are trying to escape past convictions or outstanding debts. Even after your loved one dies, it is imperative to keep his or her identity safe to avoid the possibility of identity theft. Here are a few steps you can take to secure the identity of your loved one:

Never Disclose Sensitive Information

Thieves can be very crafty in how they conduct their crime and often use publicly known information from social media accounts to gain access to private knowledge. Contact the social media platforms and inform them that a user on their platform has passed away, and that should effectively lock their account or remove it.

Advise Financial Organizations / Government Organizations

The chances are that your loved one has ties with multiple corporations involving financial interactions, which can include banks, credit unions, insurance companies or investment companies, and they all must be notified about the passing of your loved one. Begin with giving them a phone call and make sure you send them proof of death. Ensure that you are keeping documentation about which organizations you’ve reached out to, the date on which you contacted them, and the representative with whom you were in contact. Other relevant documents such as drivers licenses, passports, or social insurance numbers should be handled with extreme caution. Inform government institutions about the death of your relative, and they should effectively make all existing documents null and void.

Routinely Check On Your Loved One’s Credit/ Bank Statements.

Often, identity theft of a deceased person can go unnoticed because there is nobody routinely checking his or her banking and credit statements. This form of theft, often referred to as “ghosting,” can occur for a year or longer before any indication of robbery has taken place. Therefore, it is imperative to check these statements for months after your loved one has passed, and report any suspicious activity to the police.

Stealing the identity of a dead person is a lucrative idea for thieves because they predict that not everyone has taken the necessary precaution to protect their identity from future attacks. When a loved one passes away, family members will try their best to secure all critical certificates and documents from falling into the wrong hands, but cannot guarantee that security. It is important to concern yourself with the protection of yourand your family's private information immediately to save you from dealing with this heinous crime.

Important Tips to Keep in Mind About Funeral Home and Visitation Etiquette

Visiting a funeral home to say goodbye to a dear loved one, family or friend, is an amazingly powerful way to say goodbye, in concert, with everyone who was lucky enough to be a part the deceased’s life. Visitations, wakes and memorial services are all moving ways not only to acknowledge the life of the deceased but a way to help ingrain them into your memory forever. Before you visit your deceased loved ones at a wake or a memorial, it is important to remember this is a time of solace, grief and remembrance for someone you held close to your heart; proper etiquette while visiting is of extreme importance. Here are a few etiquette tips to keep in mind while attending a funeral home:

Attending A Wake:

A wake often referred to as a “viewing,” is an event that generally occurs before the actual funeral procession takes place. They are typically hosted at funeral homes or depending on the request of the deceased, in a protected venue where they preferred their funeral be hosted. Although wakes are primarily open to all people that were close to the deceased, if it is not directly specified, you should be honourable and refrain from visiting. Many families prefer to not display their loved ones for anyone outside of their direct family, so be sure that you do not overstep your boundaries and visit uninvited. For wakes, where those that were close to the deceased are welcome to appear, prepare to be emotional. Seeing someone you loved for the last time can be an emotional moment, so you should emotionally prepare yourself. Lastly, no one will make you view the body, proceed with what makes you feel comfortable.

Attending a Visitation:

Many people who attend a visitation are not necessarily close with the deceased but have close ties with the surviving members of the family. It is generally a gesture of good faith to attend a visitation of a close friend, a co-worker or a neighbour that you care deeply about. Depending on how well you know the deceased family’s member, you may stay to offer your condolences, but it is best practice not to stay too long so that everyone visiting has an opportunity to speak to the surviving loved ones.

Memorial Services:

Memorial services are typically events arranged to commemorate the life of the deceased, which can include a few speeches, a slideshow or a musical performance. It is essential to arrive early for the service, as to not interrupt it when it has already started and stay until the very end to show your respect. Dress in mellow or dull colours as to not stand out in the crowd, it is a service for the deceased, and all attention should be on them. Turn off your cell phones and other devices that could make noises throughout the procession.

We understand the importance to commemorate the life of your loved ones and do so with the utmost respect and compassion. For more information for hosting a wake, visitation or memorial service, contact Valley View Funeral Home & Cemetery today.

Methods to Help You Cope Following A Loved One’s Death

Although death is a part of life, losing someone you deeply loved and cared for can be the hardest thing to manage. The pain associated with a deceased loved one can affect family members and friends emotionally and physically, and there is no timetable for when days will begin looking bright again. For those dealing with chronic sadness or depression symptoms, it is important you take time to grieve, but if the grieving seems endless and extreme, it may be wise to try and switch up your daily routine. Here are some helpful methods you can utilize when the grief is just too much:

Arrange Sessions with A Social Worker/ Therapist

Speaking about your feelings and emotions with a social worker or therapist may seem counter-productive as you try and take your mind off the situation, but in many cases, speaking about the things that are troubling you the most may shed new light on the situation. They can introduce you to new coping methods, help you deal with anxieties or intrusive thoughts, and sympathize and empathize with you if you feel your emotions aren’t being taken seriously. They may not be able to cure your sadness, but they will encourage you to think critically about your thoughts and lead you down a path to recovery.

Engage in Activities and Hobbies You Enjoy

The hardest thing to do following the passing of a loved one is taking your mind off them. It is imperative for those suffering from chronic sadness or depression, to take up hobbies and activities that they have a vested interest in. Many people in moments of grief end up abandoning their hobbies to mourn alongside their friends and family, or simply because they’ve recently been preoccupied with everyday responsibilities such as school or work. It is essential to take time for yourself in difficult moments like these and try to remember that life can still be fun and enjoyable after your loved ones have passed. For those with an interest in physical health, go to the gym, go for a run, swim, or bike. For artistic individuals, it can be a good time for you to express your true feelings and emotions in the form of a poem, song, painting and drawing, story or film.

Reach Out as a Comforter to Your Friends & Family

Throughout the mourning process, it can be hard to imagine comforting somebody else when you are suffering just as hard. However, being there as a shoulder to lean on, and ear to listen to, can help you process your grief in a constructive manner, which is to provide solace and comfort to those around you. Discussing with others about how much your deceased loved ones meant to you, sharing stories, and even crying together can help instill feelings of acceptance and happiness as opposed to overwhelming anguish. Reaching out to your family can operate as a coping mechanism for not just yourself, but your family and friends, who will play a significant role in helping alleviate any of your stress or pain.

Important Reasons to Compose A Will

If you’re like most people in the world, the thought of writing a will to distribute your finances and personal valuables to a specific person in the event of your death only crosses your mind when watching a TV show or book. It may not be the most appealing thing to do during your spare time or day off but composing your very own will comes with several benefits that can help ensure that the money and resources that you’ve worked tirelessly for is safely allocated to a family member, loved one or a good friend.

 

What Is the Purpose of a Will?

One explanation for people being reluctant to acknowledge, let alone, write a will is that many do not like to consider that one day they will pass away. However, a will has very little to do with you; instead, it concerns itself with ensuring that your family is taken proper care of in the case of your death. A life insurance policy ensures that your family receives necessary funds to keep them financially stable upon your passing. A will, on the other hand, makes sure that all your interests are kept in mind when divvying your assets, in case you would like to share your assets with a charitable organization or someone unrelated to you. It will be up to you to determine which person will be responsible for ensuring the demands in your will are met because without doing so it will be left to the courts to determine the allocation of your assets.

 

Determines Who Receives What:

A primary function of a will is to ensure that your money and property end up in the right hands. Without a will, your intentions are opaque, and it can create unnecessary tension between members of your family attempting to split your possessions equally. Conflicts can arise when more sentimental possessions are being determined, and a will ensures that your most precious belongings are going to the person you wish to have it most.

 

For the Protection of Your Children:

For parents with little children, it is especially important to compose a will for the sake of children’s safety and future. Along with outlining how much money your children will inherit after you pass away, if you suddenly passed away you would be able to outline the future of your children and who will be handed with guardianship responsibilities. In many cases, a parent that passed away suddenly without specifying who they wish to look after their children may leave the fate of their child’s guardian up to the courts.

 

Makes It Easier on Surviving Family Members:

Your family will already be dealing with the grief and sadness of losing you, which can result in skew reasoning and understanding amongst family members. When money and belongings are brought into the discussion so quickly after one’s death, people begin to act irrationally, and tension can begin to spread. Make it easier on your family and be specific in the wishes for your estate and whom you wish to leave your things to.

 

Wonderful Tributes to Help Keep Your Loved One’s Spirit Alive

Losing a loved one is amongst the worst experiences that you can live through in your lifetime, yet, loving someone that is no longer with us means carrying on their legacy and living every day to make them proud. Although grief and sadness are natural reactions, a therapeutic and remedial practice to help comfort you is to tribute your deceased loved one in a symbolic manner. Depending on the deceased’s wishes and interests, there are various ways you can help keep their spirit alive. Consider one of the following tributes to help remember your loved one:

Commemorative Bench:

Commemorative benches are an ideal way to remember your loved one. Benches are typically located in a beautiful area such as a park or a garden, with a scenic background. The idea for these benches is to have a seat, talk and reminisce about old times shared with your loved one, and promote strangers to sit down and share conversation. Whether you invest in a bench or simply a plaque to engrave on a bench, these memorials will last if the bench is around and can inspire you to come and “visit” your loved one on a hard day.

 Plant a Tree:

Losing a loved one is world crushing, and sometimes it feels like life won’t go on without them. Planting a memorial tree is a tribute to a loved one that lasts multiple decades and helps to improve the quality of our environment and ecosystem. Besides being beneficial to the planet, planting a tree is symbolic of the everlasting love your loved one provided while on Earth. As it grows over time, break off a couple of branches and bring them into your home as a reminder that their love for you continues to grow, just in a different form.

Wear A Commemorative Piece:

Most of us have a favourite article of clothing that we wear on a routine basis; it could be a family heirloom (i.e. wristwatch, necklace, etc.), an old hat or a cardigan sweater, something closely associated to us all. You can tribute your loved one by carrying on the legacy of that article of clothing and continuing its journey on Earth. This is also a therapeutic method to help you feel closer to your loved one while comforting you and helping you grow to accept their passing.

Name a Star After Them:

It’s common to look up into the night sky and think about where your loved one is and how they’re doing. You can take it one step forward and name a star in their honour so that every time you look up at the nighttime sky, you’ll know they’re up there looking over you and guiding you through the trials and tribulations of life.

There are many ways to help carry on the legacy of your loved ones, and the suggestions mentioned above are just some of the ways you can help yourself cope with loss and sadness.

How to Help A Child After They’ve Lost A Parent

Many children experience death first-hand, whether it be a family pet, a neighbour, a friend, or a grandparent, and while we hope no child must suffer that, some things are out of our control. For a child that loses a parent, the grief and anguish are indescribable. As a surviving parent, grandparent, or legal guardian, you may be unable to provide the answers, but you can be there for the child as they come to grips with this unfortunate situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to comfort and console a child who has lost their parent:

Talk to Them

A child’s brain is constantly evolving, and an occasion such as a parent passing away could have underlying effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. When they feel comfortable enough to engage in conversation, embrace it and ask them about their feelings and any stories they wish to tell; just let them talk about whatever they want.

 Be an Emotional Cushion

Children require physical affection in the form of hugs and snuggles, especially after losing the person that provided them with tenderness and warmth for so long. When a child loses a parent, they may have a difficult time understanding where they fit in, in life, and who will fill the void that now exists. Be there for the child and give them love and affection when they need it. They may have difficulties when trying to sleep, so be there with them until they fall asleep, read a book, sing them soothing lullabies, and anything to help soothe them.

 Demonstrate How to Carry On

Emotional distress can make it difficult to think clearly and therefore can affect all aspects of everyday life. A grieving child may not want to attend school, extracurricular activities or hang out with friends or family. Understandably, the first couple of days or weeks after a parent passes away is extremely confusing and heartbreaking, but when the time comes to re-establish a routine, it's up to you as an adult, to show the child how to do it. Show them how to be strong by leading by example.

 

 

 

Make Photographs and Other Mementos Available

 

Keep pleasant memories close, including photographs and home videos for the child to view whenever they need them. They may need to feel their connection to their deceased parent and keeping happy moments in arm's length can help them during the healing process.

 

Seek Professional Help If Necessary

 

If the child in your care is having a complicated time mourning and doesn’t know how to process what happened, you may need to investigate connecting them with professional help.  Signs that may indicate they need to seek therapeutic help include physical or verbal aggression, constant migraine headaches, insomnia, a lack of appetite, or disassociation from social gatherings.

 

The most important thing to do after a child loses a parent is to be there for them and sympathize and show compassion for their feelings.

Many children experience death first-hand, whether it be a family pet, a neighbour, a friend, or a grandparent, and while we hope no child must suffer that, some things are out of our control. For a child that loses a parent, the grief and anguish are indescribable. As a surviving parent, grandparent, or legal guardian, you may be unable to provide the answers, but you can be there for the child as they come to grips with this unfortunate situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to comfort and console a child who has lost their parent:

 

Talk to Them

 

A child’s brain is constantly evolving, and an occasion such as a parent passing away could have underlying effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. When they feel comfortable enough to engage in conversation, embrace it and ask them about their feelings and any stories they wish to tell; just let them talk about whatever they want.

 

Be an Emotional Cushion

 

Children require physical affection in the form of hugs and snuggles, especially after losing the person that provided them with tenderness and warmth for so long. When a child loses a parent, they may have a difficult time understanding where they fit in, in life, and who will fill the void that now exists. Be there for the child and give them love and affection when they need it. They may have difficulties when trying to sleep, so be there with them until they fall asleep, read a book, sing them soothing lullabies, and anything to help soothe them.

 

Demonstrate How to Carry On

 

Emotional distress can make it difficult to think clearly and therefore can affect all aspects of everyday life. A grieving child may not want to attend school, extracurricular activities or hang out with friends or family. Understandably, the first couple of days or weeks after a parent passes away is extremely confusing and heartbreaking, but when the time comes to re-establish a routine, it's up to you as an adult, to show the child how to do it. Show them how to be strong by leading by example.

 

 

 

Make Photographs and Other Mementos Available

 

Keep pleasant memories close, including photographs and home videos for the child to view whenever they need them. They may need to feel their connection to their deceased parent and keeping happy moments in arm's length can help them during the healing process.

 

Seek Professional Help If Necessary

 

If the child in your care is having a complicated time mourning and doesn’t know how to process what happened, you may need to investigate connecting them with professional help.  Signs that may indicate they need to seek therapeutic help include physical or verbal aggression, constant migraine headaches, insomnia, a lack of appetite, or disassociation from social gatherings.

 

The most important thing to do after a child loses a parent is to be there for them and sympathize and show compassion for their feelings.

Many children experience death first-hand, whether it be a family pet, a neighbour, a friend, or a grandparent, and while we hope no child must suffer that, some things are out of our control. For a child that loses a parent, the grief and anguish are indescribable. As a surviving parent, grandparent, or legal guardian, you may be unable to provide the answers, but you can be there for the child as they come to grips with this unfortunate situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to comfort and console a child who has lost their parent:

 

Talk to Them

 

A child’s brain is constantly evolving, and an occasion such as a parent passing away could have underlying effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. When they feel comfortable enough to engage in conversation, embrace it and ask them about their feelings and any stories they wish to tell; just let them talk about whatever they want.

 

Be an Emotional Cushion

 

Children require physical affection in the form of hugs and snuggles, especially after losing the person that provided them with tenderness and warmth for so long. When a child loses a parent, they may have a difficult time understanding where they fit in, in life, and who will fill the void that now exists. Be there for the child and give them love and affection when they need it. They may have difficulties when trying to sleep, so be there with them until they fall asleep, read a book, sing them soothing lullabies, and anything to help soothe them.

 

Demonstrate How to Carry On

 

Emotional distress can make it difficult to think clearly and therefore can affect all aspects of everyday life. A grieving child may not want to attend school, extracurricular activities or hang out with friends or family. Understandably, the first couple of days or weeks after a parent passes away is extremely confusing and heartbreaking, but when the time comes to re-establish a routine, it's up to you as an adult, to show the child how to do it. Show them how to be strong by leading by example.

 

 

 

Make Photographs and Other Mementos Available

 

Keep pleasant memories close, including photographs and home videos for the child to view whenever they need them. They may need to feel their connection to their deceased parent and keeping happy moments in arm's length can help them during the healing process.

 

Seek Professional Help If Necessary

 

If the child in your care is having a complicated time mourning and doesn’t know how to process what happened, you may need to investigate connecting them with professional help.  Signs that may indicate they need to seek therapeutic help include physical or verbal aggression, constant migraine headaches, insomnia, a lack of appetite, or disassociation from social gatherings.

 

The most important thing to do after a child loses a parent is to be there for them and sympathize and show compassion for their feelings.

Many children experience death first-hand, whether it be a family pet, a neighbour, a friend, or a grandparent, and while we hope no child must suffer that, some things are out of our control. For a child that loses a parent, the grief and anguish are indescribable. As a surviving parent, grandparent, or legal guardian, you may be unable to provide the answers, but you can be there for the child as they come to grips with this unfortunate situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to comfort and console a child who has lost their parent:

 

Talk to Them

 

A child’s brain is constantly evolving, and an occasion such as a parent passing away could have underlying effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. When they feel comfortable enough to engage in conversation, embrace it and ask them about their feelings and any stories they wish to tell; just let them talk about whatever they want.

 

Be an Emotional Cushion

 

Children require physical affection in the form of hugs and snuggles, especially after losing the person that provided them with tenderness and warmth for so long. When a child loses a parent, they may have a difficult time understanding where they fit in, in life, and who will fill the void that now exists. Be there for the child and give them love and affection when they need it. They may have difficulties when trying to sleep, so be there with them until they fall asleep, read a book, sing them soothing lullabies, and anything to help soothe them.

 

Demonstrate How to Carry On

 

Emotional distress can make it difficult to think clearly and therefore can affect all aspects of everyday life. A grieving child may not want to attend school, extracurricular activities or hang out with friends or family. Understandably, the first couple of days or weeks after a parent passes away is extremely confusing and heartbreaking, but when the time comes to re-establish a routine, it's up to you as an adult, to show the child how to do it. Show them how to be strong by leading by example.

 

 

 

Make Photographs and Other Mementos Available

 

Keep pleasant memories close, including photographs and home videos for the child to view whenever they need them. They may need to feel their connection to their deceased parent and keeping happy moments in arm's length can help them during the healing process.

 

Seek Professional Help If Necessary

 

If the child in your care is having a complicated time mourning and doesn’t know how to process what happened, you may need to investigate connecting them with professional help.  Signs that may indicate they need to seek therapeutic help include physical or verbal aggression, constant migraine headaches, insomnia, a lack of appetite, or disassociation from social gatherings.

 

The most important thing to do after a child loses a parent is to be there for them and sympathize and show compassion for their feelings.

Many children experience death first-hand, whether it be a family pet, a neighbour, a friend, or a grandparent, and while we hope no child must suffer that, some things are out of our control. For a child that loses a parent, the grief and anguish are indescribable. As a surviving parent, grandparent, or legal guardian, you may be unable to provide the answers, but you can be there for the child as they come to grips with this unfortunate situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to comfort and console a child who has lost their parent:

 

Talk to Them

 

A child’s brain is constantly evolving, and an occasion such as a parent passing away could have underlying effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. When they feel comfortable enough to engage in conversation, embrace it and ask them about their feelings and any stories they wish to tell; just let them talk about whatever they want.

 

Be an Emotional Cushion

 

Children require physical affection in the form of hugs and snuggles, especially after losing the person that provided them with tenderness and warmth for so long. When a child loses a parent, they may have a difficult time understanding where they fit in, in life, and who will fill the void that now exists. Be there for the child and give them love and affection when they need it. They may have difficulties when trying to sleep, so be there with them until they fall asleep, read a book, sing them soothing lullabies, and anything to help soothe them.

 

Demonstrate How to Carry On

 

Emotional distress can make it difficult to think clearly and therefore can affect all aspects of everyday life. A grieving child may not want to attend school, extracurricular activities or hang out with friends or family. Understandably, the first couple of days or weeks after a parent passes away is extremely confusing and heartbreaking, but when the time comes to re-establish a routine, it's up to you as an adult, to show the child how to do it. Show them how to be strong by leading by example.

 

 

 

Make Photographs and Other Mementos Available

 

Keep pleasant memories close, including photographs and home videos for the child to view whenever they need them. They may need to feel their connection to their deceased parent and keeping happy moments in arm's length can help them during the healing process.

 

Seek Professional Help If Necessary

 

If the child in your care is having a complicated time mourning and doesn’t know how to process what happened, you may need to investigate connecting them with professional help.  Signs that may indicate they need to seek therapeutic help include physical or verbal aggression, constant migraine headaches, insomnia, a lack of appetite, or disassociation from social gatherings.

 

The most important thing to do after a child loses a parent is to be there for them and sympathize and show compassion for their feelings.

Many children experience death first-hand, whether it be a family pet, a neighbour, a friend, or a grandparent, and while we hope no child must suffer that, some things are out of our control. For a child that loses a parent, the grief and anguish are indescribable. As a surviving parent, grandparent, or legal guardian, you may be unable to provide the answers, but you can be there for the child as they come to grips with this unfortunate situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to comfort and console a child who has lost their parent:

 

Talk to Them

 

A child’s brain is constantly evolving, and an occasion such as a parent passing away could have underlying effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. When they feel comfortable enough to engage in conversation, embrace it and ask them about their feelings and any stories they wish to tell; just let them talk about whatever they want.

 

Be an Emotional Cushion

 

Children require physical affection in the form of hugs and snuggles, especially after losing the person that provided them with tenderness and warmth for so long. When a child loses a parent, they may have a difficult time understanding where they fit in, in life, and who will fill the void that now exists. Be there for the child and give them love and affection when they need it. They may have difficulties when trying to sleep, so be there with them until they fall asleep, read a book, sing them soothing lullabies, and anything to help soothe them.

 

Demonstrate How to Carry On

 

Emotional distress can make it difficult to think clearly and therefore can affect all aspects of everyday life. A grieving child may not want to attend school, extracurricular activities or hang out with friends or family. Understandably, the first couple of days or weeks after a parent passes away is extremely confusing and heartbreaking, but when the time comes to re-establish a routine, it's up to you as an adult, to show the child how to do it. Show them how to be strong by leading by example.

 

 

 

Make Photographs and Other Mementos Available

 

Keep pleasant memories close, including photographs and home videos for the child to view whenever they need them. They may need to feel their connection to their deceased parent and keeping happy moments in arm's length can help them during the healing process.

 

Seek Professional Help If Necessary

 

If the child in your care is having a complicated time mourning and doesn’t know how to process what happened, you may need to investigate connecting them with professional help.  Signs that may indicate they need to seek therapeutic help include physical or verbal aggression, constant migraine headaches, insomnia, a lack of appetite, or disassociation from social gatherings.

 

The most important thing to do after a child loses a parent is to be there for them and sympathize and show compassion for their feelings.

Many children experience death first-hand, whether it be a family pet, a neighbour, a friend, or a grandparent, and while we hope no child must suffer that, some things are out of our control. For a child that loses a parent, the grief and anguish are indescribable. As a surviving parent, grandparent, or legal guardian, you may be unable to provide the answers, but you can be there for the child as they come to grips with this unfortunate situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to comfort and console a child who has lost their parent:

 

Talk to Them

 

A child’s brain is constantly evolving, and an occasion such as a parent passing away could have underlying effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. When they feel comfortable enough to engage in conversation, embrace it and ask them about their feelings and any stories they wish to tell; just let them talk about whatever they want.

 

Be an Emotional Cushion

 

Children require physical affection in the form of hugs and snuggles, especially after losing the person that provided them with tenderness and warmth for so long. When a child loses a parent, they may have a difficult time understanding where they fit in, in life, and who will fill the void that now exists. Be there for the child and give them love and affection when they need it. They may have difficulties when trying to sleep, so be there with them until they fall asleep, read a book, sing them soothing lullabies, and anything to help soothe them.

 

Demonstrate How to Carry On

 

Emotional distress can make it difficult to think clearly and therefore can affect all aspects of everyday life. A grieving child may not want to attend school, extracurricular activities or hang out with friends or family. Understandably, the first couple of days or weeks after a parent passes away is extremely confusing and heartbreaking, but when the time comes to re-establish a routine, it's up to you as an adult, to show the child how to do it. Show them how to be strong by leading by example.

 

 

 

Make Photographs and Other Mementos Available

 

Keep pleasant memories close, including photographs and home videos for the child to view whenever they need them. They may need to feel their connection to their deceased parent and keeping happy moments in arm's length can help them during the healing process.

 

Seek Professional Help If Necessary

 

If the child in your care is having a complicated time mourning and doesn’t know how to process what happened, you may need to investigate connecting them with professional help.  Signs that may indicate they need to seek therapeutic help include physical or verbal aggression, constant migraine headaches, insomnia, a lack of appetite, or disassociation from social gatherings.

 

The most important thing to do after a child loses a parent is to be there for them and sympathize and show compassion for their feelings.

Many children experience death first-hand, whether it be a family pet, a neighbour, a friend, or a grandparent, and while we hope no child must suffer that, some things are out of our control. For a child that loses a parent, the grief and anguish are indescribable. As a surviving parent, grandparent, or legal guardian, you may be unable to provide the answers, but you can be there for the child as they come to grips with this unfortunate situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to comfort and console a child who has lost their parent:

 

Talk to Them

 

A child’s brain is constantly evolving, and an occasion such as a parent passing away could have underlying effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. When they feel comfortable enough to engage in conversation, embrace it and ask them about their feelings and any stories they wish to tell; just let them talk about whatever they want.

 

Be an Emotional Cushion

 

Children require physical affection in the form of hugs and snuggles, especially after losing the person that provided them with tenderness and warmth for so long. When a child loses a parent, they may have a difficult time understanding where they fit in, in life, and who will fill the void that now exists. Be there for the child and give them love and affection when they need it. They may have difficulties when trying to sleep, so be there with them until they fall asleep, read a book, sing them soothing lullabies, and anything to help soothe them.

 

Demonstrate How to Carry On

 

Emotional distress can make it difficult to think clearly and therefore can affect all aspects of everyday life. A grieving child may not want to attend school, extracurricular activities or hang out with friends or family. Understandably, the first couple of days or weeks after a parent passes away is extremely confusing and heartbreaking, but when the time comes to re-establish a routine, it's up to you as an adult, to show the child how to do it. Show them how to be strong by leading by example.

 

 

 

Make Photographs and Other Mementos Available

 

Keep pleasant memories close, including photographs and home videos for the child to view whenever they need them. They may need to feel their connection to their deceased parent and keeping happy moments in arm's length can help them during the healing process.

 

Seek Professional Help If Necessary

 

If the child in your care is having a complicated time mourning and doesn’t know how to process what happened, you may need to investigate connecting them with professional help.  Signs that may indicate they need to seek therapeutic help include physical or verbal aggression, constant migraine headaches, insomnia, a lack of appetite, or disassociation from social gatherings.

 

The most important thing to do after a child loses a parent is to be there for them and sympathize and show compassion for their feelings.

Many children experience death first-hand, whether it be a family pet, a neighbour, a friend, or a grandparent, and while we hope no child must suffer that, some things are out of our control. For a child that loses a parent, the grief and anguish are indescribable. As a surviving parent, grandparent, or legal guardian, you may be unable to provide the answers, but you can be there for the child as they come to grips with this unfortunate situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to comfort and console a child who has lost their parent:

 

Talk to Them

 

A child’s brain is constantly evolving, and an occasion such as a parent passing away could have underlying effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. When they feel comfortable enough to engage in conversation, embrace it and ask them about their feelings and any stories they wish to tell; just let them talk about whatever they want.

 

Be an Emotional Cushion

 

Children require physical affection in the form of hugs and snuggles, especially after losing the person that provided them with tenderness and warmth for so long. When a child loses a parent, they may have a difficult time understanding where they fit in, in life, and who will fill the void that now exists. Be there for the child and give them love and affection when they need it. They may have difficulties when trying to sleep, so be there with them until they fall asleep, read a book, sing them soothing lullabies, and anything to help soothe them.

 

Demonstrate How to Carry On

 

Emotional distress can make it difficult to think clearly and therefore can affect all aspects of everyday life. A grieving child may not want to attend school, extracurricular activities or hang out with friends or family. Understandably, the first couple of days or weeks after a parent passes away is extremely confusing and heartbreaking, but when the time comes to re-establish a routine, it's up to you as an adult, to show the child how to do it. Show them how to be strong by leading by example.

 

 

 

Make Photographs and Other Mementos Available

 

Keep pleasant memories close, including photographs and home videos for the child to view whenever they need them. They may need to feel their connection to their deceased parent and keeping happy moments in arm's length can help them during the healing process.

 

Seek Professional Help If Necessary

 

If the child in your care is having a complicated time mourning and doesn’t know how to process what happened, you may need to investigate connecting them with professional help.  Signs that may indicate they need to seek therapeutic help include physical or verbal aggression, constant migraine headaches, insomnia, a lack of appetite, or disassociation from social gatherings.

 

The most important thing to do after a child loses a parent is to be there for them and sympathize and show compassion for their feelings.

Many children experience death first-hand, whether it be a family pet, a neighbour, a friend, or a grandparent, and while we hope no child must suffer that, some things are out of our control. For a child that loses a parent, the grief and anguish are indescribable. As a surviving parent, grandparent, or legal guardian, you may be unable to provide the answers, but you can be there for the child as they come to grips with this unfortunate situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to comfort and console a child who has lost their parent:

 

Talk to Them

 

A child’s brain is constantly evolving, and an occasion such as a parent passing away could have underlying effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. When they feel comfortable enough to engage in conversation, embrace it and ask them about their feelings and any stories they wish to tell; just let them talk about whatever they want.

 

Be an Emotional Cushion

 

Children require physical affection in the form of hugs and snuggles, especially after losing the person that provided them with tenderness and warmth for so long. When a child loses a parent, they may have a difficult time understanding where they fit in, in life, and who will fill the void that now exists. Be there for the child and give them love and affection when they need it. They may have difficulties when trying to sleep, so be there with them until they fall asleep, read a book, sing them soothing lullabies, and anything to help soothe them.

 

Demonstrate How to Carry On

 

Emotional distress can make it difficult to think clearly and therefore can affect all aspects of everyday life. A grieving child may not want to attend school, extracurricular activities or hang out with friends or family. Understandably, the first couple of days or weeks after a parent passes away is extremely confusing and heartbreaking, but when the time comes to re-establish a routine, it's up to you as an adult, to show the child how to do it. Show them how to be strong by leading by example.

 

 

 

Make Photographs and Other Mementos Available

 

Keep pleasant memories close, including photographs and home videos for the child to view whenever they need them. They may need to feel their connection to their deceased parent and keeping happy moments in arm's length can help them during the healing process.

 

Seek Professional Help If Necessary

 

If the child in your care is having a complicated time mourning and doesn’t know how to process what happened, you may need to investigate connecting them with professional help.  Signs that may indicate they need to seek therapeutic help include physical or verbal aggression, constant migraine headaches, insomnia, a lack of appetite, or disassociation from social gatherings.

 

The most important thing to do after a child loses a parent is to be there for them and sympathize and show compassion for their feelings.

Many children experience death first-hand, whether it be a family pet, a neighbour, a friend, or a grandparent, and while we hope no child must suffer that, some things are out of our control. For a child that loses a parent, the grief and anguish are indescribable. As a surviving parent, grandparent, or legal guardian, you may be unable to provide the answers, but you can be there for the child as they come to grips with this unfortunate situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to comfort and console a child who has lost their parent:

 

Talk to Them

 

A child’s brain is constantly evolving, and an occasion such as a parent passing away could have underlying effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. When they feel comfortable enough to engage in conversation, embrace it and ask them about their feelings and any stories they wish to tell; just let them talk about whatever they want.

 

Be an Emotional Cushion

 

Children require physical affection in the form of hugs and snuggles, especially after losing the person that provided them with tenderness and warmth for so long. When a child loses a parent, they may have a difficult time understanding where they fit in, in life, and who will fill the void that now exists. Be there for the child and give them love and affection when they need it. They may have difficulties when trying to sleep, so be there with them until they fall asleep, read a book, sing them soothing lullabies, and anything to help soothe them.

 

Demonstrate How to Carry On

 

Emotional distress can make it difficult to think clearly and therefore can affect all aspects of everyday life. A grieving child may not want to attend school, extracurricular activities or hang out with friends or family. Understandably, the first couple of days or weeks after a parent passes away is extremely confusing and heartbreaking, but when the time comes to re-establish a routine, it's up to you as an adult, to show the child how to do it. Show them how to be strong by leading by example.

 

 

 

Make Photographs and Other Mementos Available

 

Keep pleasant memories close, including photographs and home videos for the child to view whenever they need them. They may need to feel their connection to their deceased parent and keeping happy moments in arm's length can help them during the healing process.

 

Seek Professional Help If Necessary

 

If the child in your care is having a complicated time mourning and doesn’t know how to process what happened, you may need to investigate connecting them with professional help.  Signs that may indicate they need to seek therapeutic help include physical or verbal aggression, constant migraine headaches, insomnia, a lack of appetite, or disassociation from social gatherings.

 

The most important thing to do after a child loses a parent is to be there for them and sympathize and show compassion for their feelings.

Many children experience death first-hand, whether it be a family pet, a neighbour, a friend, or a grandparent, and while we hope no child must suffer that, some things are out of our control. For a child that loses a parent, the grief and anguish are indescribable. As a surviving parent, grandparent, or legal guardian, you may be unable to provide the answers, but you can be there for the child as they come to grips with this unfortunate situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to comfort and console a child who has lost their parent:

 

Talk to Them

 

A child’s brain is constantly evolving, and an occasion such as a parent passing away could have underlying effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. When they feel comfortable enough to engage in conversation, embrace it and ask them about their feelings and any stories they wish to tell; just let them talk about whatever they want.

 

Be an Emotional Cushion

 

Children require physical affection in the form of hugs and snuggles, especially after losing the person that provided them with tenderness and warmth for so long. When a child loses a parent, they may have a difficult time understanding where they fit in, in life, and who will fill the void that now exists. Be there for the child and give them love and affection when they need it. They may have difficulties when trying to sleep, so be there with them until they fall asleep, read a book, sing them soothing lullabies, and anything to help soothe them.

 

Demonstrate How to Carry On

 

Emotional distress can make it difficult to think clearly and therefore can affect all aspects of everyday life. A grieving child may not want to attend school, extracurricular activities or hang out with friends or family. Understandably, the first couple of days or weeks after a parent passes away is extremely confusing and heartbreaking, but when the time comes to re-establish a routine, it's up to you as an adult, to show the child how to do it. Show them how to be strong by leading by example.

 

 

 

Make Photographs and Other Mementos Available

 

Keep pleasant memories close, including photographs and home videos for the child to view whenever they need them. They may need to feel their connection to their deceased parent and keeping happy moments in arm's length can help them during the healing process.

 

Seek Professional Help If Necessary

 

If the child in your care is having a complicated time mourning and doesn’t know how to process what happened, you may need to investigate connecting them with professional help.  Signs that may indicate they need to seek therapeutic help include physical or verbal aggression, constant migraine headaches, insomnia, a lack of appetite, or disassociation from social gatherings.

 

The most important thing to do after a child loses a parent is to be there for them and sympathize and show compassion for their feelings.

Many children experience death first-hand, whether it be a family pet, a neighbour, a friend, or a grandparent, and while we hope no child must suffer that, some things are out of our control. For a child that loses a parent, the grief and anguish are indescribable. As a surviving parent, grandparent, or legal guardian, you may be unable to provide the answers, but you can be there for the child as they come to grips with this unfortunate situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to comfort and console a child who has lost their parent:

 

Talk to Them

 

A child’s brain is constantly evolving, and an occasion such as a parent passing away could have underlying effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. When they feel comfortable enough to engage in conversation, embrace it and ask them about their feelings and any stories they wish to tell; just let them talk about whatever they want.

 

Be an Emotional Cushion

 

Children require physical affection in the form of hugs and snuggles, especially after losing the person that provided them with tenderness and warmth for so long. When a child loses a parent, they may have a difficult time understanding where they fit in, in life, and who will fill the void that now exists. Be there for the child and give them love and affection when they need it. They may have difficulties when trying to sleep, so be there with them until they fall asleep, read a book, sing them soothing lullabies, and anything to help soothe them.

 

Demonstrate How to Carry On

 

Emotional distress can make it difficult to think clearly and therefore can affect all aspects of everyday life. A grieving child may not want to attend school, extracurricular activities or hang out with friends or family. Understandably, the first couple of days or weeks after a parent passes away is extremely confusing and heartbreaking, but when the time comes to re-establish a routine, it's up to you as an adult, to show the child how to do it. Show them how to be strong by leading by example.

 

 

 

Make Photographs and Other Mementos Available

 

Keep pleasant memories close, including photographs and home videos for the child to view whenever they need them. They may need to feel their connection to their deceased parent and keeping happy moments in arm's length can help them during the healing process.

 

Seek Professional Help If Necessary

 

If the child in your care is having a complicated time mourning and doesn’t know how to process what happened, you may need to investigate connecting them with professional help.  Signs that may indicate they need to seek therapeutic help include physical or verbal aggression, constant migraine headaches, insomnia, a lack of appetite, or disassociation from social gatherings.

 

The most important thing to do after a child loses a parent is to be there for them and sympathize and show compassion for their feelings.

Many children experience death first-hand, whether it be a family pet, a neighbour, a friend, or a grandparent, and while we hope no child must suffer that, some things are out of our control. For a child that loses a parent, the grief and anguish are indescribable. As a surviving parent, grandparent, or legal guardian, you may be unable to provide the answers, but you can be there for the child as they come to grips with this unfortunate situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to comfort and console a child who has lost their parent:

 

Talk to Them

 

A child’s brain is constantly evolving, and an occasion such as a parent passing away could have underlying effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. When they feel comfortable enough to engage in conversation, embrace it and ask them about their feelings and any stories they wish to tell; just let them talk about whatever they want.

 

Be an Emotional Cushion

 

Children require physical affection in the form of hugs and snuggles, especially after losing the person that provided them with tenderness and warmth for so long. When a child loses a parent, they may have a difficult time understanding where they fit in, in life, and who will fill the void that now exists. Be there for the child and give them love and affection when they need it. They may have difficulties when trying to sleep, so be there with them until they fall asleep, read a book, sing them soothing lullabies, and anything to help soothe them.

 

Demonstrate How to Carry On

 

Emotional distress can make it difficult to think clearly and therefore can affect all aspects of everyday life. A grieving child may not want to attend school, extracurricular activities or hang out with friends or family. Understandably, the first couple of days or weeks after a parent passes away is extremely confusing and heartbreaking, but when the time comes to re-establish a routine, it's up to you as an adult, to show the child how to do it. Show them how to be strong by leading by example.

 

 

 

Make Photographs and Other Mementos Available

 

Keep pleasant memories close, including photographs and home videos for the child to view whenever they need them. They may need to feel their connection to their deceased parent and keeping happy moments in arm's length can help them during the healing process.

 

Seek Professional Help If Necessary

 

If the child in your care is having a complicated time mourning and doesn’t know how to process what happened, you may need to investigate connecting them with professional help.  Signs that may indicate they need to seek therapeutic help include physical or verbal aggression, constant migraine headaches, insomnia, a lack of appetite, or disassociation from social gatherings.

 

The most important thing to do after a child loses a parent is to be there for them and sympathize and show compassion for their feelings.

Many children experience death first-hand, whether it be a family pet, a neighbour, a friend, or a grandparent, and while we hope no child must suffer that, some things are out of our control. For a child that loses a parent, the grief and anguish are indescribable. As a surviving parent, grandparent, or legal guardian, you may be unable to provide the answers, but you can be there for the child as they come to grips with this unfortunate situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to comfort and console a child who has lost their parent:

 

Talk to Them

 

A child’s brain is constantly evolving, and an occasion such as a parent passing away could have underlying effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. When they feel comfortable enough to engage in conversation, embrace it and ask them about their feelings and any stories they wish to tell; just let them talk about whatever they want.

 

Be an Emotional Cushion

 

Children require physical affection in the form of hugs and snuggles, especially after losing the person that provided them with tenderness and warmth for so long. When a child loses a parent, they may have a difficult time understanding where they fit in, in life, and who will fill the void that now exists. Be there for the child and give them love and affection when they need it. They may have difficulties when trying to sleep, so be there with them until they fall asleep, read a book, sing them soothing lullabies, and anything to help soothe them.

 

Demonstrate How to Carry On

 

Emotional distress can make it difficult to think clearly and therefore can affect all aspects of everyday life. A grieving child may not want to attend school, extracurricular activities or hang out with friends or family. Understandably, the first couple of days or weeks after a parent passes away is extremely confusing and heartbreaking, but when the time comes to re-establish a routine, it's up to you as an adult, to show the child how to do it. Show them how to be strong by leading by example.

 

 

 

Make Photographs and Other Mementos Available

 

Keep pleasant memories close, including photographs and home videos for the child to view whenever they need them. They may need to feel their connection to their deceased parent and keeping happy moments in arm's length can help them during the healing process.

 

Seek Professional Help If Necessary

 

If the child in your care is having a complicated time mourning and doesn’t know how to process what happened, you may need to investigate connecting them with professional help.  Signs that may indicate they need to seek therapeutic help include physical or verbal aggression, constant migraine headaches, insomnia, a lack of appetite, or disassociation from social gatherings.

 

The most important thing to do after a child loses a parent is to be there for them and sympathize and show compassion for their feelings.

Musical Suggestions for A Funeral

Music brings people together; regardless of your age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or nationality, music can evoke a variety of unique feelings. It’s difficult to explain the power that music has over us; a simple hook, the organization of chords & notes, or a boisterous chorus can make us feel sadness or happiness and maybe a little of both.

When choosing music for a funeral procession for a relative, loved one or friend it is important to be extremely conscientious that the music reflects the ideology, message and personality of the deceased. Music is so entangled into our psyche that hearing a song that reminds you of your deceased loved one can help you recall the most pleasant, enjoyable and heartwarming memories. Music can bring you back to a place in time where you were worry-free or living life to the fullest, with the people who mean the most to you.

Choosing the proper music can be difficult for family and friends of a deceased loved one because they want to encapsulate the life of their loved one without sacrificing a solemn and quaint ceremony. If the deceased loved one was into heavy metal, it might be fitting to play heavy metal at his or her funeral, but it may not be appropriate given the circumstances. Traditional songs that are extremely popular amongst different cultures include:

• Time to Say Goodbye by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bochelli
• Four Seasons by Vivaldi
• Nessun Dorma sang by Pavarotti or instrumental
• Canon in D Major by Pachelbel

For individuals that loved popular music, here are some songs that may fit perfectly at their funeral:

• In the Arms of an Angel by Sarah McLaughlin
• Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton
• In My Life by The Beatles
• Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler

Some individuals before they pass will make it be known that they do not want people to mourn over them after they pass. They understand that the musical choices will play an instrumental role in the mood and feeling at their ceremony of life. Happy songs or upbeat songs are perfectly acceptable to be played at a funeral ceremony and are becoming an increasingly popular decision on behalf of the family/friend of the deceased as they choose not to be sad but remembering how amazing and lucky, they were to have been a part of his or her life. Here are a few popular upbeat songs that are frequently played at a funeral with underlying themes of acceptance and moving on with life:

• Always Look on The Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle (Monty Python: Life of Brian)
• Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin
• Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day
• See You Again by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
• Thank You for Being A Friend by Andrew Gold

In the end, the musical decisions you choose for your deceased friend or family member ultimately comes down to, how do you want to remember him or her best. Make it a choice they would be proud of, and you’ll never make a bad choice.

Helpful Information to Assist You in The Funeral Arrangement Process

Losing a close friend or a relative is devastating. The entire situation is not made any easier when you're the one responsible for organizing and arranging the funeral procession. We understand the circumstances can be overwhelming, so here are a few helpful bits of information to assist you while organizing the funeral arrangement process.

Call the Necessary Authorities:

There are a few parties that you need to call when you lose a loved one:

1. Police: The first institution that should be notified when an individual unexpectedly passes away is your local police department.
2. Medical Examiner: If the death was expected (i.e. home death arrangement), the medical examiner must be called to confirm the death.
3. Members of the Family: Immediate family members of the deceased should be called and notified.
4. Funeral Home: When a loved one passes away, reach out to a local funeral home, and they can provide you with information so you can transport the body safely and efficiently.

Discover Any Pre-set Funeral Arrangements

In some cases, the deceased will already have their funeral plans determined, which typically details their preferred funeral home and which cemetery they wish to be laid to rest.

Talk to A Funeral Director

Ensure that you have a conversation with the funeral director that will be overseeing the funeral process. They will discuss with you the options available for the ceremony, how they will be taking care of the deceased and will make sure that you have a burial plot picked out or if you're going with cremation. If your deceased loved one does not already have a cemetery plot picked out, the funeral director may be able to assist you and make these preparations on your behalf.

Common Questions Following the Death of a Loved One:

"What Can I Do If I'm Unsure of the Steps to Take After Somebody Dies?"

The entire funeral/cemetery process can be confusing, and it is completely understandable that you may be too tired/overwhelmed to know which steps to take. Contact a funeral home director, and they will ensure that you are taking the steps needed to finalize this process.

"I'm Unsure If the Deceased Would Have Wanted Cremation, What Should I Do?"

Cremation is an increasingly popular option for many individuals who do not wish to be buried. However, it's a unique decision that individuals must make on their own. If you are unaware of what the deceased's preferences were, ensure you ask other members of their family for their opinions. Read here for more detailed information.

We're so sorry that you, your family, and your friends are currently experiencing loss. We understand the entire situation can feel hazy, so we're here to help. For more information regarding the funeral process, ensure that you contact your local funeral home and they will be able to provide you with a more in-depth analysis of your current situation and the best possible options for you and your family.

Reasons You Might Hire A Photographer for Your Loved One’s Funeral

Attending a funeral is not like attending a wedding, there won't be an abundance of happy smiles or gleeful emotions, but it's important to recognize all emotions as beautiful moments. Hiring a photographer for a funeral may seem unconventional. However, there are a few good reasons why you should consider doing so:

Reminds You of Who Came Out to Support You

Losing a loved one can feel as though a part of your life has been ripped away from you. One of the more efficient healers while mourning is the love and support that you receive from your family and friends. Most funeral homes provide guest books where visitors are encouraged to write down their name and confirm they showed up; however, it's quite nice to be able to visualize who came out to show their love and affection.

Remember the Emotion

Over time, emotions will subside, and the pain and anguish you once felt won't be as intense. However, it's important to keep those emotions with you, even as you begin to feel better. Photographs capturing the emotion of a funeral procession aren't designed to make you feel sad or distraught; instead, they should be used as reminders for how important your loved one was to you. When you see the look on the faces of your friends and family, remember how your loved one made you feel and how it makes you appreciate everyone else in your life.

It's A Memory of How You Chose to Remember Your Loved One

Your loved one was individualistic and unique and the way you chose to honour them at their funeral procession more than likely encapsulated their personality and interests. Everything is important in the funeral procession, including capturing the moments when close family or friends read eulogies or performed musical numbers. Capturing moments on camera or film is a testament to their influence while they were alive and how their legacy lives on through you.

It Helps You Heal

It can be so difficult to even think of a loved one that you lost; the memory of their face, their smile, their voice and their hugs can evoke emotions, grief or sorrow. For those that your loved one left behind, photographs may eventually help them find closure and acceptance with their passing and use it as a device to help them move on.

It is critical to remember that taking photos at a funeral procession is something that must be pre-approved of by immediate family. Photography for a funeral should be something set-up by the deceased loved one's direct family and should be meant to capture the ambience of the occasion instead of forcing posed photos. All of life is precious, and if we choose only to remember the gleeful times, we'll forget those occasions that remind us how fortunate & lucky we are to be here with loving friends and a supportive family.

4 Ways to Deal with the Death of a Loved One

Life isn’t the easiest thing to deal with, and sometimes it throws curveballs at you that you must deal with. The death of a loved one is one of the worst things you could have to deal with. Grief is an inevitable stage of death, and nothing can change that. The best thing you can do is to face these feelings you have head-on. Here are 4 ways to help you deal with the death of a loved one:

Talk about it

Talking is one of the best ways to get your feelings out into the open and off your chest. If you feel like you are stuck in a neutral depressive state, try to talk about your feelings to family, friends or a medical professional. Talking your emotions out may help you feel less alone and more supported.

Take up a Hobby or Start Working Out 

Being physically active can be a great help for you in this situation. Physical activity will do two things: get your mind off all the negative things in your life and promote an influx of endorphins in your brain. Endorphins help reduce stress and make you feel better. If you have a pet, take them for lots of walks; if you have a child, play chase with them or teach them how to throw a baseball. These activities don’t have to be physical; however, any activity that brings you happiness is beneficial for you while mourning. Activities can range from writing to building ships in bottles; the sky's the limit.  

Get into a Routine 

Having responsibilities is helpful when you’re grieving because it gets you into a routine. Continuing to go to work, attending a class or volunteering at a local animal or homeless shelter will not only benefit you by taking your mind off of the situation, but it will also give you a sense of satisfaction for helping someone else, even in your time of sadness. Sit down and try to come up with a setlist of things to do during your day to keep yourself busy and moving. This kind of busywork will encourage positive energy and give you some sort of schedule to cling to during these trying times.
 

Be Creative

Creativity is one of the finest forms of expressions, and some of the finest creative ideas come during moments of sadness and solitude. The array of different emotions and feelings you’ll feel in moments of grief and mourning are unique and irreplicable. There are certain things in life that cannot be changed but that doesn’t mean you can’t adapt and grow from these moments. Put your wonderful ideas and images out there; write a song, paint a picture, perform a poem. Do something to honour your loved one and keep their memory alive.

Losing a loved one is devastating and can re-shape your entire life. To help with your mourning talk about your feelings to family and friends, take up a hobby or start working out, get yourself into a routine, and undertake creative projects to help you deal with losing a loved one.

Heartwarming Memorials You Can Prepare for Your Deceased Loved One

When your loved one passes there will be moments of great sadness & grief, it’s a natural reaction to assist your body and mind in recovering, and you should take as much time as possible to heal. When you’ve had time to collect your thoughts and emotions, remembering how much your loved one’s life touched your heart & soul will help you find closure and ensure that their legacy never fades. There are so many ways for you to honour the life of your loved one and depending on their interests, you can create something special. Here are a few things you can do to honour your loved one.

Park Bench Memorial

This idea is particularly endearing for an individual that loved to be outside, enjoying all the bounty’s nature has to offer. Park bench memorials are commonly found in public parks, along walkways, under tall & beautiful trees. Park bench memorials are implanted into the ground with the understanding that family & friends will have the opportunity to congregate and reminisce and the vivid memories that keep them positive & smiling. Additionally, a park bench memorial will promote strangers to sit down & engage in conversation with their loved ones.

Memorial Tree or Shrub

The consciousness of your loved one is everlasting for family and friends; it’s something that is carried with them for the rest of their lives and onwards. A tremendous symbolization of your loved one’s ever-present spirit is to plant a commemorative tree in their honour. Of course, planting a tree is beneficial to the ecosystem and the continuing circle of life, but it also stands as an indication that their love is still very present. Ensure that you document the growth and progression of the tree as it matures; take a few leaves off the tree occasionally and keep them preserved with glycerin- this makes for a wonderful scrapbook idea.

Write A Piece for A Newspaper or Blog

Sometimes it may feel there is nothing that you can do to help you get a grasp on the fact that your loved one is no longer here in the physical world. It can also be troubling if none of the activities or hobbies that you enjoy are helping ease your discomfort. Therefore, one thing you can do is write an op-ed for a local newspaper or a blog for your website. At first, it may be difficult to express how you truly feel, but once you get on a roll, the thought, feelings and passion that had been overwhelming your senses will begin to unwind and you’ll find solace in your words.