Friday 25th January 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 re-adjust to life without the person who has died.
Of course, death doesn’t necessarily close the book on cherished memories, and Colney 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 service itself, ” commented Carmen Graham, Operations Manager for Colney Woodland Burials. “We believe in the celebration of life, that most special and treasured memory and our stunning 12-acre woodland cemetery helps people to find a unique and peaceful way to say goodbye.”
With that in mind, Colney Woodland Burials are introducing regular Remembrance Services and Bereavement Workshops, which are open to all whether somebody is buried at the park or not and are free of charge to attend.
“The Remembrance Services 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 Carmen.
Starting on the 23rd February and running every last Saturday of the month, the Remembrance Services will be led by an independent celebrant to ensure that no-one feels left out based on their religious beliefs or those who don’t have any. They will provide all present with the opportunity to hear readings, listen to music and remember the person who has died.
The Remembrance Services will also be important for those who perhaps feel that they never had the chance to say goodbye properly.
“At the park we understand that everybody deals with death in his or her own unique way,” Carmen said. “May 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 their friends or family.”
You don’t need to book for the Remembrance Services, 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, our Bereavement Workshop may help. On Saturday 16th March, from 10am – 12.30pm, the workshop will cover the key issues facing those who experience loss and help them achieve a greater understanding of what it all means. It is aimed at those who have lost an adult relationship more than six months ago and is not an individual or group counselling session. There will however be the chance to explore 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 Remembrance Services and Bereavement Workshop endeavor to make as comfortable as possible with peace of mind and end goal.”
Colney 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.