In the UK people can be notoriously reluctant to talk about certain subjects, death and dying being one of them. Often these subjects are those which if discussed more openly, could result in the difficult situations they relate to becoming something that people not only understand more, and therefore find less daunting, but also through understanding people can feel empowered, a little more in control and more capable of dealing with the situation when it arises.
In an attempt to address this particular reluctance, ‘In 2009, the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) set up the Dying Matters Coalition to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement. Its members include organisations from across the NHS, voluntary and independent health and care sectors (including hospices, care homes, charities supporting old people, children and bereavement); social care and housing sectors; a wide range of faith organisations; community organisations; schools and colleges; academic bodies; trade unions; the legal profession and the funeral sector.’ https://www.dyingmatters.org/overview/about-us
‘Every year in May, Dying Matters and our coalition members host an Awareness Week, which gives us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. In 2018, the week will run from 14th to the 20th of May’ https://www.dyingmatters.org/AwarenessWeek
This year, Full Circle Funerals, in conjunction with Walker Foster Solicitors, Clarity Counselling, Manorlands Hospice and Child Bereavement UK are running an event at the Clarke Foley Centre in Ilkley on Wednesday 15th May between 1 and 4pm. This is an opportunity for people to come and hear professionals talk about dying, death and loss, in the hope of encouraging people to talk more openly, be able to ask questions they might have and to hopefully help services understand what is needed and make their service better for people.
Here at Erica Berry Flowers funeral work is one of our specialities. Erica takes great pride in our work as she describes it as, ‘a real honour to work with the bereaved families at such an emotional time, to help them verbalise their wishes, and sometimes those of the deceased if it has been discussed prior to their death, and for us to interpret these into fitting floral tributes which can add such comfort to the friends and family at the time of the funeral and in the period afterwards.’
This is one situation when we can definitely say the flowers are being used to express emotions and as such, can be an integral part of the grieving process.
For more information and images of our funeral work and to see a short video reating to funeral flowers, please visit our funerals page https://www.ericaberryflowers.co.uk/funeral-flowers/