Every life has a meaning and every person has made a contribution to their family, friends and communities.
It is important to gather and take the time to remember and honour their contribution.
Remembering can take many forms from verbal contributions, photos or slideshows, music, mementos – the list is endless.
What is important is we take the time to remember a person’s life.
Funerals are personalised to reflect the essence of who the person was.
A meaningful funeral captures the person’s whole life and shares their life journey with those in attendance at a funeral.
The funeral, the days before it, and the burial or cremation are important steps in coming to terms with the death of someone close.
The funeral and farewell process allows mourning
and will assist in the grief journey.
GATHER – REMEMBER – CELEBRATE
Across all our relationships we focus on hello – we greet our grandchildren with arms wide open, we give Mum a hug when we see her and we smile and wave to our friends.
Goodbye is just as important as hello.
That’s why the Funeral Directors Association on NZ (FDANZ) Take the Time to Talk awareness week from April 9-13 aims to re-focus attention on the act of goodbye as the start of healthy grieving.
The FDANZ vision is a New Zealand where meaningful funerals are valued as an essential part of healthy grieving and Peter and Jenny Giddens and their team at Richmond Funeral Home support that vision.
This year our campaign is highlighting to families that a meaningful funeral experience is the best way we can help those left behind to deal with grief and loss.
Grief, which is our inbuilt biological reaction to the death of someone we love and care for, cannot be opted into or out of, it will confront us whether we like it or not.
Social science tells us that the only way to effectively cope with grief and start to heal is through the process of a meaningful farewell. “A goodbye.”
The Take the Time to Talk campaign encourages family to realise the value they put on hello, and to think about putting the same focus on goodbye; to allow our families the best opportunity to grieve well.
Peter and Jenny Giddens and their team will support your family to say goodbye.
A funeral doesn’t have to be a fuss, it doesn’t have to be big, it just needs to be a meaningful experience for those that matter.
A meaningful funeral is an opportunity for grandchildren, children, friends and other family to say goodbye with as much enthusiasm as you gave them in saying hello.
Take the Time to Talk.