Friday 1st February 2013
The grieving process surrounding the passing of a loved one is complex and doesn’t just miraculously stop after the funeral, with some people often finding it hard to readjust to life without the person who has died.
Of course, death doesn’t mean you necessarily close the book on cherished memories, and Chiltern Woodland Burials understands that its role extends beyond the funeral and burial services that it provides.
“We understand that support for those coping with bereavement is as essential to the needs of families and friends of the deceased as the burial ceremony itself,” commented Kate Harris, Park Manager for Chiltern Woodland Burials. “We believe in the celebration of life, that most special and treasured memory and our stunning 72-acre woodland cemetery helps people find a unique and peaceful way to say goodbye.”
With that in mind, Chiltern Woodland Burials are introducing regular Services of Remembrance and Bereavement Workshops which are open to all whether someone is buried at the park or not and are free of charge to attend.
“The Services of Remebrance will be a way to open our doors to those wanting to take time to reflect, and our stunning woodlands and award-winning buildings are an appropriate place to do so” continued Kate.
Starting on the 23rd February and running every last Saturday of the month, the Services of Remembrance will be led by an independent celebrant to ensure that no-one feels left out based on their religious beliefs or those that don’t have any. They will provide all present the opportunity to hear readings, listen to music and light a candle in memory of the person who has died.
The Services of Remembrance will also be important for those who perhaps feel that they never had the chance to say goodbye properly, perhaps through the loss of a child in early pregnancy.
“At the park we understand that everybody deals with death in his or her own unique way,” Kate said. “Many will say it’s a journey, a process, something that has to be got through and some will find that they don’t understand what is happening to them or their friends or family.”
Teas, coffees and light refreshments will be available with donations going to the Pepper Foundation.
You don’t need to book for the Services of Remembrance which up until April are as follows :
Saturday 23rd February 11:30am – 12:00noon
Saturday 30th March 11:30am – 12:00noon
Saturday 27th April 11:30am – 12:00noon
For those looking for something more formal, the Bereavement Workshops may help. On Saturday 16th February, from 10:00am until 12:30pm, the workshop will cover key issues facing those who experience loss and help them to achieve a greater understanding of what it means. It is aimed at those who have lost an adult relationship more than six months ago and is not an individual or group counseling session. There will however be the chance to explore the further signposting available at the end of the workshop.
“Bereavement is always such a personal journey and it’s important for individuals to identify with the permanent change in the landscape to their lives and to come to terms with the fact that grieving does not just end when the funeral is over. It may not be a pleasant journey, but it is not an insurmountable one, which our Services of Remembrance and Bereavement Workshops endeavour to make as comfortable as possible with peace-of-mind an end goal.”
Chiltern Woodland Burials continues to work to give the much needed support beyond the day of the funeral, the valuable support needed in coping with the loss of a loved one and to help people find their own way to start afresh, encouraging peace of mind and happy memories with the chance to heal.
To reserve a place on the Bereavement Workshop on Saturday 16th February please go to the events section on our website
or call the park direct on 01494 872158
Places are limited to a maximum of 30 so book early to avoid disappointment.