Death and Funeral Planning Talks Aren’t As Scary As You’d Think
Do You Fear Death?
What is Death?
Your Wishes Need To Be Heard
When To Discuss Funeral Planning
Finding The Best Way To Broach The Subject
Some families are open and honest about the subject. You may be able to openly speak about your wishes in a light hearted sense. If that is the case, while talking about death, make sure to mention what you would/ wouldn’t like.
However, not everyone feels so open about the subject. It is completely normal to feel like you can’t talk about death and your funeral plans. One awkward conversation is all that is needed. You will be surprised at how many people actually don’t mind speaking about death and plans, it is a common misconception that you can’t talk about it. In fact studies have shown that over 70% of people are comfortable to speak about death with their family/friends.
Speak About Other Funerals
One way to broach the subject is to mention something about another persons funeral. This can be one you’ve attended or a celebrity one. You could compliment something about the service and then go on to saying “I’d like … at my funeral” and expand from there. This can be an easy way to approach the subject and easily begin speaking about your wishes.
Talking To Children
Speaking about death to children can be a very scary thought. Unfortunately, it is something that should be broached to a child so that they are made aware of the impact death could have. Studies have shown that over half of Brit’s don’t want their children exposed to the meaning of death. This is due to people not knowing how to broach the subject, or fear of the children not understanding.
Explaining Death To Children
A suggested way to explain death to children is through reading. You could read a book where a character in the book may have had a loss and then expand on it so that they are aware about it. This allows you to answer any questions they may have.
Additionally, you could begin by speaking about a death of an animal or pet you may have had in the past. This is a great way of showing that memory still goes on and that they are no longer with you but it is ok to speak about it. Seeing a parental figure openly speaking about a loss will definitely make children feel that they can express their feelings about it.
Ways To Plan Your Funeral
What many people don’t realise, is you can actually plan your funeral through a funeral service such as Respect Direct Funeral Services.
Read more about how and why we need to be open about speaking about death here.
You can even make a payment plan so that your loved ones have nothing to worry about during the grieving process.