When families and friends get involved in the activities around the funeral and take charge of it, something happens. By reclaiming the funeral they can make meaning of their loss, of that someone who is precious and is gone.
These ideas can be applied to traditional, contemporary and green funerals.There are lots of ways to be as involved as you wish and feel able to be. You can be involved in making the arrangements, caring for the body, preparing for the funeral ceremony, choosing words and music, decorating the coffin or the space. We describe some of these in the following pages:
Listen to an extract from a radio interview with Simon Smith of Heart & Soul Funerals and Green Fuse talking about Family participation:
I want to say how much I appreciated all your support. You helped us to create a beautiful and moving celebration of L’s being. You achieved a fine balance in your guidance and you eased the interactions between the family and friends which was so important. We all truly came together on the day for L. may you continue your extraordinary work with grace and blessings.” BB