Losing a Loved One
The period following the death of a loved one is traumatic and
it is important that you do not feel rushed into making funeral
Many people find it difficult to think about funeral arrangements
in the immediate aftermath of a death in the family. Allow yourself
time to absorb the enormity of your loss before concerning yourself
Remember that the timing of the funeral is entirely up to you.
There is a misconception that there are only a few days in which to
arrange a funeral. In fact, delayed ceremonies have grown
increasingly common in recent years.
At Burstows, we encourage grieving families to take time to
consider the funeral arrangements carefully. It is advisable to
contact a funeral director as soon as possible after a death
occurs, but detailed arrangements can be delayed until you feel
able to make them.
The funeral occupies an important place in the grieving process
and the time taken to ensure that the arrangements are well
organised and appropriate is well spent. What seems like a good
idea immediately following your loved one's passing may give way to
a better idea or a more suitable tribute, upon reflection.
Arrangements prior to a funeral take some time to coordinate.
Mourners may have to travel from interstate or overseas and it can
take time to compose fitting eulogies. By delaying the funeral just
long enough to ensure that all details are carried out correctly,
you may later find comfort in a final farewell that is both
personal and appropriate.
During this period, family members can take comfort from the fact
that your loved one will be treated with care and dignity until
laid to rest.