Nurturing Hearts: Supporting Children and Young People Through Grief

Grief is a natural response to loss, but for children and young people, navigating this emotional terrain can be particularly challenging. Whether they’re experiencing the loss of a loved one, a pet, or a significant change in their lives, understanding and supporting them through grief is crucial for their emotional well-being. In this blog post, we’ll explore effective ways to support children and young people as they cope with grief, helping them navigate their feelings and find comfort in difficult times.

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Funeral Photography

Although funerals and celebration of life services unquestionably carry a weight of sadness, they can also be emotional rewarding and uplifting with many heart-warming moments. A specialist funeral photographer will capture these moments, discreetly and from a distance, ensuring the genuine emotions of the day remain unbroken. The photographs will show the love, shared memories and compassion of the mourners present who have assembled to bid a fond and heartfelt farewell to a family member, friend or colleague.

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FLOWERS TO GRAVE

I know from personal experience it can be difficult sometimes to get to your loved one’s grave. You may have moved away, been too busy, you find visiting too emotional or simply can’t get there anymore. For whatever reason, I now offer a new service to help you. ‘Flowers to the Grave’ will launch under the umbrella of Top Note Ceremonies and it aims to make life easier for busy people who struggle to find the time to attend the grave of their loved one. I will purchase and then place flowers or wreaths by the grave. As part of the service, I will clean the headstone at no additional cost. As soon as the job is complete, I will follow this up with a photograph. I offer this service as a one-off, regularly or at seasonal times i.e. Mother’s Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries or Christmas in the knowledge that the work will be conducted with both care and dignity.

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Funeral Poems

Many families like to include one or two poems or readings at a funeral service or celebration of life because it helps to provide a beautiful and emotional addition to the service.

You may already know which poem you would like; perhaps the person had a favourite poet or author. But if you need a little inspiration, I have put together a selection of poems that may inspire you.

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Scattering or Interment of Ashes

The great thing about the scattering of the ashes ceremony is that it is entirely up to you, a special occasion to remember the life of a loved one. The short ceremony to scatter their ashes, will be memorable, heartfelt, meaningful, and dignified. It is a most fitting and brilliant opportunity to give your loved one the final send-off they would have wished for.

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Military Funeral

Veterans funerals honour people who have served their country but have since left the Armed Forces. Funerals for those men and women serving in the armed forces take many forms and are a way of paying respect to those who have died in active service. 

The United Kingdom doesn’t have an official burial ground for members who served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces but funeral services can be held in a place of worship or at another appropriate venue.

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Helping children deal with grief

In my previous role as a head teacher for 13 successful years at a school for children aged 11-16 with social and emotional issues I know far too well that over the last couple of years, the mental health of children has been underestimated. The Covid-19 pandemic caused the world to become even more augmented through the medium of social media & TV at a time of significant levels of social disconnection and emotional misperception.

Grief is the acute pain that accompanies loss.

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Direct Cremation

Direct cremation will provide a family with a simple, straightforward, affordable alternative to a traditional, full-service funeral.

It’s a cremation without any ceremony and is unattended without mourners.

In the future, many families choose to organise a separate celebration of life ceremony, interment or scattering of ashes memorial service, to commemorate the life of their loved ones.

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Interment of Ashes

Interment of ashes refers to the process where ashes are placed in a permanent resting place in the ground. These range from dedicated family plots and cemeteries to home gardens and woodland spaces.

Much like a celebrant led funeral or memorial service, there’s no right or wrong way. You may hold a formal service led by a celebrant with friends and family, or just a quiet small informal get-together. This service doesn’t normally take place at the same time as the funeral, and it’s sometimes appropriate to have a separate interment ceremony months or years later. It’s the family’s personal choice.

An interment of ashes ceremony is a beautiful ceremony and can provide families and friends with the opportunity to say final goodbyes and condolences to their loved ones. It’s also somewhere the family can visit

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Scattering of Ashes Ceremony

The scattering of the ashes ceremony is a special occasion to commemorate the life of a loved one. The occasion is meaningful, memorable, heartfelt and dignified but the best thing about this ceremony is that that it is entirely up to you how you do it.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to give your loved one the send-off they would have wished for.

Ashes are traditionally scattered in a place of significance, interned in the ground, or taken home in an urn.

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