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Funeral Service In Cornwall – Questions and Answers

If a loved one passes away, you may have questions about funeral services and how to make funeral arrangements. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about burial and cremation services.

What is a funeral service?

Funeral services are important events to acknowledge the death of a loved one. Funeral rites vary across cultures, but typically include a ceremony to acknowledge the death of a loved one, the preparation of the body – casket or cremation, and the final disposition of the remains (traditional earth burial, green burial, above-ground burial in a crypt or mausoleum, placing an urn into a columbarium, scattering, or other means) and memorials (headstones, grave markers, etc.)

What is the purpose of a funeral?

Humans began burying their dead at least 100,000 years ago, and there is evidence that our ancestors began intentionally burying their dead 400,000 years ago. These findings support the long-held belief that the death of a family or community member must be acknowledged. A funeral service is an opportunity to commemorate a loved one’s death, remember the deceased as they lived, and honour their memory. It is also a chance for the bereaved to acknowledge their loved one’s death, begin the grieving process, and say their final goodbye.

What is the difference between a funeral service and a memorial service?

While the term’s funeral service and memorial service are increasingly being used interchangeably these days, they traditionally define two distinct ways to honour and celebrate a loved one’s life.

Funeral Service – Typically held soon after the death of a loved one, a funeral service can be held at a funeral home, a place of worship, or at the graveside, with the body or ashes of the deceased present. Following the service, the deceased’s body may be interred or, if cremated, the ashes may be scattered or placed in a mausoleum, columbarium (an above-ground vault where funeral urns may be stored).

Memorial Service – A memorial service, which is less formal than a funeral service, can be personalised to reflect the deceased’s personality and celebrate the deceased’s life. They can take place after a loved one’s burial or cremation in a funeral home, park, restaurant, home, or another location. It may also be scheduled following a private family funeral service.

Who can conduct a Funeral Service?

There are no restrictions on who can officiate at a funeral. Funeral directors, friends, family members, or a professional funeral celebrant can lead non-religious funeral services. Traditional religious funeral services are officiated by religious functionaries. You can ask the clergy from the deceased’s place of worship to conduct the funeral service, or you can ask the funeral home to invite a clergy member.

What do Funeral Directors do?

Funeral directors assist the bereaved and care for the deceased. They work with families and loved ones to plan the deceased’s burial, memorial, and cremation services. Morticians, as they are also known, handle all funeral logistics, ensure the body’s preparation, coordinate plans with the funeral officiant, or conduct the funeral themselves. Funeral directors also assist families in contracting with other vendors to secure flowers and cemetery plots, as well as in publishing obituaries. The death certificate will also be prepared and filed by the funeral director.

What is Embalming?

Embalming is the chemical process of preserving human remains and slowing their decomposition. When the deceased’s body will be publicly displayed during a funeral service, this procedure is used.

What is Cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing the deceased’s body to bone fragments via incineration or alkaline hydrolysis. The resulting bone fragments are then pulverized into ashes.

Are there Religious Restrictions on Cremation?

While most religions now accept cremation, Orthodox Judaism, Islam, and Eastern Orthodox Church traditions continue to forbid it. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does not forbid cremation services, but it does advise that deceased Mormons be buried.

Can you still have a Memorial or Funeral Service for a loved one that will be cremated?

Yes. Traditional funeral services such as visitation, viewing, and religious services can be included in cremation services either before or after the cremation. The remains of a loved one can then be placed in a decorative urn, interred in a mausoleum or columbarium, buried in a grave, or scattered. Such services can be a valuable part of the healing process.

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Carlyon Family Funeral Directors near Truro, Cornwall. We are available to sit down with you and talk things through over a nice cup of tea. Alternatively, you can give us a call or contact us through our website, we are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.

 

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Burial Services

The decision between burial and cremation is highly personal and is often influenced by a variety of factors such as family tradition, religion, or the wishes of the deceased. Our compassionate and professional staff is here to walk you through every step of the process so that you can give your loved ones the send-off they deserve at the lowest possible price.

Carlyon Family Funeral Directors will provide the following as standard:

Provision of all Funeral Director services to make the funeral arrangements
Advice, support and guidance
Bringing the deceased into our care from anywhere in Cornwall
Provision of fully lined and fitted coffin
Care and preparation of the deceased (excluding embalming, which is available for a small fee).

Choosing a grave

When opting for a burial, you will need to think about where this will take place, and unfortunately the price will depend on the location you choose. If there is a grave already in existence that you would like to use, for example, part of a family plot, then we can arrange to use that.

Costs

The costs you require to consider for a burial might include: purchasing a new grave, reopening an existing grave and removal and replacement of existing memorials. Our team can advise you on local charges.

Our Funeral Services

At Carlyon Funeral Directors, we offer a range of funerals to meet your needs. Choose from Traditional, Personalised, Modern, Green or a simple funeral.  The one that is right for your loved one usually depends on the quality of coffin you would like and the number of limousines required for the Funeral Cortège.

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Choosing Between A Funeral Service, Graveside, and/or Memorial Service

Funerals are a significant milestone in anyone’s life, and attending a funeral service is just one of many options for paying final respects to a loved one. Funeral homes and cremation providers provide a variety of end-of-life ceremonies (such as graveside and memorial services) that are more flexible and cost-effective than a traditional funeral.

What does a Funeral Service entail?

A funeral service is a formal ceremony held shortly after a person’s death. Family members and members of the community gather to say their final goodbyes. During a funeral service, the body is present, and the casket may be open or closed, depending on the family’s wishes.

A traditional funeral service is typically held in a funeral home or house of worship. Typical funeral elements are frequently present (e.g. pallbearers, delivery of the eulogy, special readings, songs, prayers). Some funerals include audiovisual elements, such as a video montage or photo slideshow. All of these elements assist funeral guests in honouring the deceased and expressing their condolences to the family.

Depending on the deceased person’s beliefs and/or family preferences, traditional funeral services may include religious and/or cultural customs. If you want certain traditions to be included in your own funeral service, it is best to pre-plan your funeral and make these arrangements ahead of time.

Funerals bring people together to remember and celebrate a loved one’s life, as well as to support the bereaved family. Many people find it easier to cope with their grief when they have the opportunity to say their final goodbyes at a funeral service, and it encourages the family and community to mourn together.

Things to know about Planning a Funeral Service

Funeral planning can be stressful. Making funeral arrangements in a short period of time – while also dealing with a tragic loss – can be overwhelming for many people. If the deceased person pre-planned their funeral, it relieves the family of much of the burden during this difficult time. Knowing a loved one’s funeral preferences ahead of time is a special gift that saves them from having to make difficult decisions while grieving.

Funerals are also expensive, and most people find it difficult to pay all the funeral costs at once. If purchased in advance, pre-need plans or final expense insurance can help defray funeral costs; however, if you are unable to cover funeral and burial costs, consider using a funeral crowdfunding site to raise funds online.

What is a Graveside Service?

A graveside service is a formal ceremony held when the body is ready to be buried. This could be a cemetery or a private burial ground where the casket is interred in a grave or an above-ground mausoleum. The urn is placed in a cremation niche, cremation bench, or mausoleum if the deceased was cremated. Cremated ashes can also be buried or scattered in a cemetery scattering garden.

A graveside service is usually held immediately following the funeral service, but it can also be held separately. It could be a private ceremony for family and close friends, an open ceremony for all guests who attended the funeral service, or a community event.

Typically, graveside ceremonies do not include many speeches or tributes. A few words and prayers may be said by one or two people, and the family will typically place a special wreath or memento on the casket. The casket/cremation urn is not always interred during the graveside ceremony; this final stage of the graveside ceremony may occur after the funeral attendees have left.

Following the graveside service, the family may host a repast/reception for guests who wish to express sympathy, share memories of the deceased, and console grieving family members. A reception incurs additional expenses, but some of these can be offset by foregoing a funeral service.

What does a Memorial Service Entail?

A memorial service is similar to a funeral service, except that the body is not present. A memorial service can be held weeks or months after the death, giving the family enough time to plan the event and accommodate varying schedules for guests travelling from far away.

By holding a memorial service, families can choose between direct burial and direct cremation for their loved ones. Because the body is not required to be present at the memorial ceremony, both options are affordable and practical.

Direct burial involves no embalming, and the deceased is buried shortly after death without a formal funeral service. A simple wooden casket is frequently used for burial, which helps to reduce total funeral costs.

Direct cremation takes place immediately after death. Embalming is not required for direct cremation, and no formal service is held beforehand. Some cremation providers, however, allow the family to attend the cremation witness ceremony.

A witness ceremony can be reassuring for family members, especially those who want to stay until the end to say their final goodbyes. Witnessing a cremation often provides closure and helps to alleviate doubt in families who want to be certain they will receive their loved one’s cremated ashes after the process is completed.

We’re Here to Assist

Carlyon Family Funeral Directors near Truro, Cornwall. We are available to sit down with you and talk things through over a nice cup of tea. Alternatively, you can give us a call or contact us through our website, we are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.

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Top 10 Questions About Cremations Answered

When it comes to end-of-life arrangements in Cornwall, cremation has become a popular option. As more families choose cremation over traditional burial for their loved ones, there is a growing need for more information about what cremation is and how the cremation process works. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about cremation.

How much does cremation cost in Cornwall?

Cremation is typically less expensive than a traditional funeral and burial. A direct cremation, for example, can cost between £678 and £1700, depending on location. However, having a funeral or memorial service in addition to the cremation will increase the overall cost.

How long does a cremation take?

Cremation typically takes about 2-3 hours to complete, depending on the size of the body.

Do Cremated ashes really look like ash?

Cremation ashes typically differ from smoking ashes in appearance. Cremated remains are typically greyish-white with a coarse, sandy texture.

Is Embalming required for Cremation?

Cremation does not necessitate embalming. However, embalming is advised if you intend to hold a public viewing or funeral service prior to cremation.

Can you have a Funeral Service with Cremation?

Yes. You can plan a funeral service and gather family and friends to say their final goodbyes to a loved one before cremation. Many families also plan a memorial service after the cremation.

Is a Casket Required for Cremation?

No, a casket is not required for cremation; however, almost all crematoriums require the use of an “alternative container” to hold the deceased’s body before placing it in the cremation chamber. The container is typically a rigid, flammable box made of cardboard or plywood. A casket can still be used for cremation if it is non-toxic and has no metal parts.

What is Aqua-Cremation?

Aqua-cremation (also known as alkaline hydrolysis) is a dissolution process that uses water. Aqua-cremation, rather than using flames, uses heat, pressure, and alkali chemicals to break down the body into chemical compounds.

Does my religion allow cremation?

Cremation is acceptable in many religions. The majority of Christian sects (Catholic and Protestant), Buddhism, and Hinduism have no prohibitions against the practice. Despite the fact that Jewish law has traditionally prohibited cremation, an increasing number of Jews are choosing to be cremated. Cremation is prohibited in Islam and the Eastern Orthodox Church. If you have any questions about cremation and your religion, you should consult with religious authority or a local cremation provider.

What can you do with Cremated Ashes?

Cremated ashes can be buried in a grave or placed in a cemetery’s above-ground columbarium niche. Many families also scatter their loved one’s cremated ashes in a special location.

Can you fly with Cremated Ashes?

Yes, but make sure you contact the airline in advance because many of them have specific regulations regarding flying with cremated ashes.

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Carlyon Family Funeral Directors near Truro, Cornwall. We are available to sit down with you and talk things through over a nice cup of tea. Alternatively, you can give us a call or contact us through our website, we are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.

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How To Help Children Cope With Grief

Losing a loved one is a tragic experience that is especially difficult for children. A child who loses a parent, sibling, close relative, or even a pet may experience profound grief that they do not fully comprehend. We all grieve in our own unique way, but children do not have the same coping mechanisms as adults and require additional support and encouragement to cope with grief.

It can be difficult to discuss death with a child, especially if you are also grieving, but it is critical, to be honest, and straightforward so that they understand exactly what happened. A simple explanation is beneficial for young children who may believe that a loved one died because they did something wrong, causing unnecessary guilt and anxiety. Older children may understand the inevitability of death, but they still require reassurance and support to help them manage their emotions.

Children’s Grief Awareness Day, observed on the third Thursday of November each year, serves as a reminder that grieving children frequently feel alone and misunderstood. Family and close friends should be advocates for children who have lost a loved one, and they should learn to recognise signs of stress so that they can offer a listening ear as well as extra love and attention.

When discussing death, avoid using euphemisms such as “passed away” or “went to sleep,” which most children will find difficult to understand. Furthermore, make every effort to answer all of their questions, regardless of how difficult they may be. Children can detect deception, so be truthful and demonstrate that you understand their fears and concerns.

Here are a few strategies for assisting children in coping with loss:

Encourage Emotions

Let your child know that it is normal for them to express their grief by displaying sadness, anger, frustration, depression, and so on. Expressing strong emotions is a common way of coping with loss and dealing with unexpected life events. Validate your child’s feelings, and don’t be afraid to show them that you are also grieving. Be vulnerable and share your grief with them as best you can because bereaved children look to adults for emotional and spiritual guidance.

Attend the Funeral/Memorial Service

It is quite normal to bring children to a funeral, though this usually depends on the child’s age and overall maturity level. Participating in a funeral or memorial service allows children to say their final goodbyes to the deceased, and the opportunity to commune with others who are also grieving allows them to see that they are not alone in their sorrow.

Talk Openly

Don’t skirt around the fact that someone has died, for example, by not saying their name or removing all of their personal belongings from the house. You may believe that doing so shields the child from grief, but your actions may indicate that you believe the deceased person is no longer important, despite the fact that their memory is still very much alive in the child’s mind.

Share Memories

Grief is a journey, not an endpoint. Children who are grieving should be encouraged to remember the deceased as often as possible by sharing special stories or memorable conversations. Many families hold memorial services to honour and remember their loved ones during the holidays or on significant anniversaries.

Celebrating the Life of a Loved One

Both adults and children can benefit from memorialising loved ones who have died. Organizing a special remembrance tribute can encourage a child to actively manage their grief. Here are 15 ideas to help you commemorate a loved one’s life.

We’re Here to Assist

Carlyon Family Funeral Directors near Truro, Cornwall. We are available to sit down with you and talk things through over a nice cup of tea. Alternatively, you can give us a call or contact us through our website, we are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.

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What To Do When Some Dies

Contacting a Funeral Director is a priority when a person dies. At Carlyon Funeral Directors, near Truro, Cornwall. We operate a 24-hour service, 365 days a year. We’re here to provide practical help and advice at a difficult time for you and your family. Below you’ll find all the information you need about registering a death. If you’d like to talk with a member of our expert team, please call us on 07968 498227 or 01209 890229

When a death occurs at home

When a person has been ill for some time and their death was expected it is advised to contact their doctor who will visit the home and certify the death. They will also determine the cause of death. If it is the middle of the night, or the doctor is in surgery, then call 999. The police will visit the home and organise for a police doctor to certify the death. Only once the doctor has signed legal paperwork can the deceased be released into the Funeral Director’s care.

Medical Certificate

Later that day or the next, the doctor will issue relatives with a ‘Medical Certificate of Cause of Death’, known as Form 11. This contains a list of who can register the death at the local Registry Office and what information the registrar will require. If you are uncertain whether someone is dead, then call the doctor or dial 999 and ask for an ambulance. If the cause of death cannot be determined then the doctor will refer the death to The Procurator Fiscal to decide whether a postmortem will be required

When a death occurs at hospital

If a death occurs in the hospital without relatives present, the next of kin will be notified by the nursing staff as soon as possible. Arrangements can then be made with the hospital administrative staff to deal with any legal formalities such as collecting:

• a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (issued by a hospital doctor)
• any personal possessions of your relative

If it is proposed to have a burial service, the deceased can be released into the funeral director’s care immediately. (within hospital mortuary hours.)
If it is a suggested cremation the hospital will have to complete a cremation document, this involves two doctors signing this document to confirm the cause of death. This is often not an immediate action. It is essential that the doctor who cared for the deceased during their last illness signs the first part of the document, however, we may have to wait until the doctor is back on their shift.

When a death occurs somewhere else

If death occurs away from home, then the initial formalities detailed above will be completed by the doctor or hospital staff in that location.

Relatives who wish to bring the body home for the funeral can rely on Carlyon Family Funeral Directors to take care of all the arrangements, including transportation. Should death occur abroad then please speak to our staff who can advise on the options available.

Registering a death

How to register a death with the Registry Office in Cornwall.

Once the Doctor or Hospital has issued the Medical Certificate (Form 11), the Next Of Kin or Applicant must register the death within 8 days at the Registry Office anywhere in Cornwall, please note that some offices may wish you to make an appointment.

The person registering the death will be asked for the following information about the deceased:

• Date and place of death.

• Full name and usual address. (and maiden name if applicable)

• Date and place of birth.

• Occupation. (and name and occupation of her husband, if applicable)

• Usual address and the full name of the Next Of Kin / Applicant.

A Death Certificate can then be obtained on payment of the prescribed fee. This certificate will be needed for closing bank accounts and making claims on insurance policies.

The Registrar will issue you with:

• A white document (Form 14) required by the funeral director for Burial or Cremation.

• An abbreviated Death Certificate that is issued free of charge. (If you require a full Death Certificate there is a charge, the current fee is £10 per document. Sometimes families wish to purchase more than one, for banks, insurance companies etc.)

• You will also be given a special document which is for Social Security purposes to cancel the payment of pensions and allowances.

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Carlyon Family Funeral Directors near Truro, Cornwall. We are available to sit down with you and talk things through over a nice cup of tea. Alternatively, you can give us a call or contact us through our website, we are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.

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What Is A Green Funeral

A green funeral in Cornwall is a more environmentally friendly way to be laid to rest. A key difference between a traditional funeral and a green funeral is the use of biodegradable materials, such as a bamboo coffin. Overall, the processes involved are gentler on the earth.

Eco-friendly Funerals

Eco-friendly funerals in Cornwall have grown in popularity in recent years among those who want their final farewell to include a return to nature. For some, the thought of their final resting place is in a forest or a wild open space is appealing. Others choose to be closer to home so that loved ones can pay their respects.

Make Your Wishes Known

It’s a good idea to tell your loved ones that you want a green funeral. It can be reassuring to your family during a time of bereavement to know that they have given you the send-off you desired. Of course, we understand that discussing death or funeral arrangements can be frightening and emotional. But it doesn’t have to be a tearful conversation. Our professional funeral planners will carefully listen to you and assist you in developing a personalised plan that fits your budget and needs. And if you want to literally be ‘pushing up the daisies’ with a green funeral, we’ll give you peace of mind with all the information and options available.

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A Guide To Non-Religious Funerals

There are various ways to commemorate someone’s life when planning a funeral. To create a personalised and respectful funeral, it’s critical to consider people’s individual beliefs.

As the demand for non-religious or humanist funerals grows, more funeral directors and families are adapting to meet the demand. Here is some advice to keep in mind when planning a non-religious funeral service.

What is a non-religious funeral service?

A non-religious funeral service is exactly that: a non-religious ceremony. It is a way of honouring a person’s life as well as giving them a proper send-off. A non-religious funeral service allows you to honour a loved one’s life without including religious elements in the service. This allows people to identify their grief in a more personal way.

A non-religious funeral service aims to keep the ceremony as personal as possible. This includes prioritising the life of a departed loved one over all else, rather than adhering to strict religious guidelines; each non-religious funeral is unique.

How can you personalise a non-religious funeral?

Every religious and non-religious funeral can be customised. There are no restrictions on what can be included in non-religious funeral services. Regardless of your beliefs, there are a few things to think about:

Music for the beginning and end of the service
Friends and family pay tribute to a loved one.
A brief moment of silence for contemplation
Family members and friends give personal readings and eulogies.
The funeral celebrant’s final words A wake or social gathering following the funeral
During or after the service, include catering or flowers.

Who should speak or lead a non-religious funeral service?

A non-religious funeral celebrant is usually appointed to prepare and conduct a non-religious ceremony. This person, who has no religious ties, will assist in the planning and execution of a non-religious funeral service of the highest quality.

You can also ask a close friend or family member instead of hiring a funeral celebrant. This helps to personalise the service for those in attendance.

Choosing a non-religious funeral service plan

The best way to choose a non-religious funeral plan is to speak with your local funeral directors. This way, you can gather the necessary information and decide which path to take. A non-religious funeral service will not be accepted by all funeral directors, especially if it is based on a single religious belief. Carlyon Funeral Directors welcomes all types of funerals. Cremations, cemetery burials, non-religious funeral services, and other options are available. We also have several locations throughout Cornwall where you can meet with a local funeral director.

If you are looking for a personal non-religious funeral service for your loved one, please get in touch. Carlyon Funeral Directors are here to help you pay tribute in your own way. We have packages available and can tailor your funeral to your requirements.

We also provide bereavement support, so you don’t have to go through these challenging times alone. Contact your nearest local funeral directors branch today or call 01209 890229  for general enquiries.

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How To Restore Sleep After Losing Someone

Losing someone you care about can throw your entire life into disarray, including your sleeping patterns. Night after night, many people find themselves awake in bed. They desperately want to sleep, but counting sheep isn’t getting them any closer to falling asleep. Without sleep, you can only function for so long before it starts to affect your personal and professional life.

There are some things you can do to help yourself if you’re having trouble sleeping after losing a loved one. Here are some suggestions for getting your sleep back on track so you can resume your normal routine:

Follow a Regular Sleep Schedule

Many people find that their entire routine is thrown off course when a loved one passes away. They stay up far too late and sleep in far too frequently. Following a regular sleep schedule is the most important thing you can do to restore your sleep after losing someone. A sleep schedule assists your body in physically adjusting to sleeping at specific times. This means you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. It’s even better if you stick to a schedule seven days a week rather than sleeping in for a few hours on your days off.

Create a Bedtime Routine

Although the concept of a bedtime routine may appear childish, it is critical for everyone. You should have a nightly routine that signals to your body that it is almost time to sleep. Before turning off the light, you could journal, take a quick shower, or read a chapter from your favourite book. Your bedtime routine can be as individual as you are. After a while, your body will learn to associate these activities with sleep, and you will be able to fall asleep much more quickly.

Pay Attention to Children

In the aftermath of a loved one’s death, children are especially vulnerable to disrupted sleep cycles. They may be overcome by perplexing emotions such as sadness and worry. They may have trouble sleeping due to recurring nightmares, depending on the situation. Giving children extra attention during this difficult transition is the best thing you can do to help them cope with grief.

This may imply that you pay them more individual attention, which may allow them to open up about their problems. You might also want to talk to a professional therapist about how to help them process their feelings about the loss. Whatever you choose to do, keep in mind that young children are vulnerable.

Exercise Regularly and Eat Well

If you haven’t used your body enough during the day, it won’t be ready to sleep. Regular exercise depletes your muscles and prepares you for a restful night’s sleep. Additionally, exercise has been shown to improve your mood, so your sadness may be temporarily alleviated after a good workout.

In addition to exercise, you should think about what you’re putting into your body. Even if you’re craving junk food, make sure you’re nourishing yourself with healthy foods. Because what you eat has a direct impact on your mood, make every effort to eat healthily during this time.

Consider Different Forms of Bodywork 

Aches and pains, headaches, and even a clenched jaw are all common physical manifestations of grief. You may find it difficult to relax and unwind at the end of the night because of these psychosomatic symptoms. Having someone work on the physical side of your grief with bodywork such as massage can help you reclaim some of your normal sleeping patterns.

Acupuncture, like massage, can help with grief. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression in some studies. While grief may not progress to a full-blown depressive episode, this type of bodywork may provide some relief from your symptoms.

Avoid Drugs and Alcohol 

At times, dealing with your grief may feel uncomfortable and even impossible. Many people try to fall asleep each night by self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. Regrettably, this may not have the desired outcome. While drugs and alcohol may help you fall asleep faster, they have been shown to disrupt your sleep patterns, resulting in you not feeling refreshed when you wake up. Not to mention the possibility of developing an addiction or dependency on these chemicals as a coping mechanism for your emotions.

Instead of self-medicating, consult your doctor about using a sleep aid or natural supplements like melatonin for a limited time. These can be useful tools for assisting others.

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Tips for Creating an Online Memorial

Online memorials have become more popular than ever before as a means of honouring a loved one. A memorial tribute brings families and friends together in a virtual space to remember and celebrate their loved ones who have passed away, as well as to support one another during a difficult time. Memorial sites are frequently used as personal online monuments that people can access at any time.

It is not difficult to create an online memorial, and you do not need to be a web design expert to do so. Many social media platforms have memorial tribute options, and there are a plethora of free online templates available in a variety of designs and themes. Paid features include unlimited photos, extensive storage, and enhanced security on some memorial websites.

Here are 5 useful tips to consider when creating a memorial website for a loved one, whether you build it from scratch or use a template design:

Create a User-Friendly Memorial Site

A memorial website should be simple to navigate and responsive so that visitors can access it from any computer or mobile device. User-friendly memorials usually have a straightforward layout with simple navigation, as well as intuitive content that loads quickly and is easy to read. When it comes to website design, we all have our own preferences, but a virtual memorial should prioritise user experience and functionality over trendy looks.

Personalization is Key

Personal information should be included on a memorial website, as well as images, photos, or videos of your loved one that show their true personality. “A picture is worth a thousand words,” as the saying goes, and images have a way of expressing feelings that are difficult to express with words alone. You can also include details from an obituary or eulogy, as well as request that family members and friends share special memories and stories on the website. Another good way to encourage visitors to pay their respects and connect with one another online is to have an online guest book.

Share Online Memorial with Others

If there is no activity on a memorial website, it can feel empty and uninviting. Make sure to send an email or post a link to your loved one’s virtual tribute on social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram. Some families prefer to keep their loved one’s memorial websites private but making it public allows the message to reach a larger audience and allows more people to remember and honour the deceased person.

Maintain Momentum

A memorial or funeral website can be created before or after the service, and it does not have to be static. Keep the momentum going by adding special date reminders to the site, such as birthdays or anniversaries, and recognizing new visitors or activities on a regular basis. You can even plan events like a candlelight vigil and invite family and friends to memorialize a loved one by visiting the website at a specific date and time.

Assign an Memorial Administrator

By appointing a dedicated administrator to the site, you can keep your loved one’s memorial space up to date. Having someone review the website on a regular basis and track overall usage and activity is beneficial. Additionally, the administrator has the ability to add new photos and images, share stories and memories, and edit comments as needed.