As the one if the oldest funeral directors in the UK, Joseph A Hey & Son has helped guide thousands of families through the emotionally taxing process of saying goodbye to their loved ones. The period following the death of a loved one can be very tumultuous as the end of life arrangements, wills and funeral planning can amount to a lot of extra stress. That said, many individuals react differently to loss and the intensity and busyness of the post-death period can act as a distraction that temporarily distracts individuals from the full range of emotion. We have organised funerals in Shipley since 1908 and whilst there is an abundance of advice relating to funeral guides and planning, we feel that it is important to bring to light the realities of the post-funeral period, one which can be incredibly tough.
The Post-Funeral Period
One of the most difficult stages of grief can be in the weeks and months following the funeral. From the death through to the funeral service there are many things that require attention including probate, death certificates and funeral planning. Once the funeral service is over, the abruptness and sudden deceleration of pace can leave individuals experiencing a void. It is within this space with no distractions that the realities of loss can set in. It may seem overwhelming at times and the reality is that healing takes time. It is essential to follow these steps:
Any type of physical activity is highly recommended as this is medically proven to increase the production of serotonin, a chemical produced in our responsible for happiness and well being. If at all possible try to partake in aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming, running or bike riding. Remember, physical exercise does not mean having to run 10 miles a day, anything is better than nothing and whilst grief takes time to heal, exercise will physiologically elevate your mood and act as a positive focus.
Surround yourself with others
The support of others is key and you must surround yourself with family neighbours or friends if you are feeling in need of some help. It is important to remember that in the period following a funeral, you are perfectly entitled to reach out to anyone at any time whether it be for a cup of tea, a bite to eat, a walk or even just a chat. Under no circumstances should you isolate yourself or distance yourself from people as outside stimuli is a healthy reminder that life still exists and that there is a world of possibilities waiting for you. Humans evolved and survived by being an ultra-social species. Contact and support systems are built into our DNA and we need them to prosper. It may seem hard but you must discipline yourself to be social and interact with others even if it is just a 5-minute chat to the newsagent or a neighbour next door.
Are You in Need of a Funeral Directors?
At Joseph A Hey & Sons, we are more than just a funeral director. We have been supporting the community, and the surrounding areas for over one hundred years and have a deeply rooted affinity with it. We pride ourselves on making the entire process as smooth and convenient for you as possible regardless of request or budget. We also know how tough the passing of a loved one can be and the complex nature of grief.
Our approachable staff are available 24 hours to cater to your needs and we offer a range of funeral services including pre-paid plans and stone tributes. For more information on our products and services visit our website or call us today on 0800 783 2225.