The death of a loved one is something that we can never prepare ourselves for. No amount of time is ever enough with those that we love more than anything else in the world. One thing that we can prepare for is our own death and help to ease the grieving process for those we leave behind. The more you do now while you can, the less your family and friends have to deal with at a time when they are struggling.
The Grieving Process
When we talk about grief, it’s difficult to talk about it in a way that will resonate with everyone, because, in truth, every grieving process is unique. We all grieve in our own way, and that is absolutely normal. What’s important is that we respect every grieving process, even if we don’t necessarily agree with it. Death is already difficult enough without unnecessary disputes about how we think each other should act or react to what has happened. As long as you do what feels right for you, nothing more can be expected of you.
While the way in which we cope with loss is completely personal, there are common patterns that we can talk about. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, author of the 1969 book On Death and Dying, developed a well-known model that she used to describe how those with a terminal illness face their own death, but the model was soon adapted as a way to interpret the grieving process in general.
She spoke specifically about the five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Kübler-Ross was specific in saying that not everyone will experience every single one of these stages, nor are they linear. You might experience only a few of them and they could occur in any order.
Every death happens under different circumstances, which will affect the bereaved and the grieving process. Not every death is a result of a terminal illness – it could be due to natural causes or a sudden accident. Not everyone knows when they are going to die, which is why it pays to be prepared as early as possible, for the sake of your loved ones.
Our Light Inside
Wouldn’t it bring you a sense of peace to know that, if you were to die suddenly, your loved ones knew the full extent of your wishes? Not only would that ensure that you were blessed with the send-off that you desire, but it also takes away so much of the pressure that comes with planning a funeral.
Funerals, or similar ceremonies, are such an important part of the grieving process for many people, yet like any other major life event, they are not easy to plan, especially in such a short space of time. This kind of pressure would be difficult to manage at any time, but immediately after a bereavement when it is difficult to function, planning a final event can be overwhelming.
One aspect of Our Light Inside is that it gives you the opportunity to help with the planning of your own funeral to ensure your ideas are known to help your loved ones cope at such a difficult time.
Get In Touch
Think of Our Light Inside as a gift that you leave behind so that your ‘light’ can remain in the world long after your physical self is gone. Alongside funeral wishes, you can leave information and messages of support that offer comfort to family and friends when they need it the most. With Our Light Inside, you can guide your loved ones and support them throughout the grieving process even though your physical body no longer exists in this world. Your spirit remains and your legacy lives on.