Daniel Robinson & Sons—Independent Family Funeral Directors: Help and support for the bereaved

News / Thu 29th Oct 2020 at 09:20am

BEREAVEMENT is probably life’s greatest trauma, whether the death of a close relative or friend is to some extent expected, the shock and grief can nonetheless still be overwhelming. In the current environment, this is often even further accentuated, with a greater sense of isolation being felt by many bereaved people and restrictions on the simple things which can help us, such as a reassuring hug or a chat at home with a friend over a cup of tea.

Funerals have changed during the pandemic, with fewer mourners allowed to attend, at Daniel Robinson & Sons we have been creative in helping families with practical ideas to help wider family and friends be able to be part of the funeral even though they can’t be there on the day. Sharing service sheets, broadcasting services online and mourners lining the route of the funeral procession, have all helped people to have the opportunity to pay their respects and express their own feelings.

Coping with bereavement following the funeral can be particularly difficult, especially for those on their own. However, there are people who can help such as the local vicar, minister or priest and also organisations such as Cruse Bereavement Care, and the Hospice care services. It is comforting to know that a number of people have made it their vocation to provide help and support at a time when there are so many things to think about, and also at a time when the bereaved find it hard to think.

Daniel Robinson & Sons are members of the National Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors, SAIF, and are able to additionally provide help for our client families through SAIF Care, which offers a bereavement support package, including a telephone bereavement care-line and email
support, free of charge.

Key contact details for organisations who provide support for the bereaved include:

Cruse Bereavement Care, www.cruse.org.uk 0808 808 1677

www.ataloss.org (online chat-line)
The Good Grief Trust, www.thegoodgrieftrust.org 0800 2600 400 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

There are also organisations who specialise in offering bereavement care for specific circumstances, for example those who have experienced the suicide of a loved one, road traffic accidents and drug related deaths, the passing of a child, and also those who help children to cope with bereavement.

We are planning to hold some post-pandemic Memorial/Thanksgiving services when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we are committed to sharing sources of help and information to the bereaved in our local community. You are not alone, there are many organisations available to offer help, please feel free to reach out and find the right one for you. If you need a little guidance our team will be happy to assist, please feel free to contact us, we are always here to help.

Harlow 01279 426990 | Sawbridgeworth 01279 722476 | Epping 01992 560890 [email protected] www.drobinson.co.uk

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