What is the Proper Etiquette for a Funeral?
As everyone knows, a funeral is a formal and respectful event intended to honour the memory of the person who has passed away. Therefore, it goes without saying that ‘funeral etiquette’ must be obeyed. But what does that actually entail? In this blog, I am going to answer that very question: what is the proper etiquette for a funeral?
Can I Place a Funeral Notice After the Funeral?
Some people want to let everyone know about someone who has passed away, as well as arrangements for their funeral. They want to make sure that as many people who knew the deceased as possible are able to attend the proceedings, and pay their respects one final time.
Others, however, may want to make the funeral a more private, intimate affair. They may choose to keep news of the death and funeral to themselves and the dead’s closest family and friends until after it has taken place. And with the current climate caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, this has become much more common.
In this blog, I’m going to take a further look into this, as well as answering the question:
How Looking Back on 2020 Can Help You Learn and Grow
As we come to the close of the year, there are going to be many a news article or sarcastic TV comedian that will be highlighting just how stupendously rubbish 2020 was, but was it all bad..? And if it really was all bad, then can we use that to make 2021 the year that we all learn and grow ?
How Old Do You Have To Be To Attend a Funeral?
A funeral is an opportunity to pay your respects, share memories and celebrate the life of a loved one who has recently passed away. However, it is also a challenging and emotionally difficult day for all involved. This will be especially true for younger people, which begs the question, should they be attending the funeral at all? In this blog I am going to attempt to answer that very question: how old do you have to be to attend a funeral?
Will Christmas 2021 be Back to Normal?
Recently, we uploaded a blog on a worst-case scenario: being forced to self-isolate over Christmas due to Coronavirus. But today, we’re going to take a more optimistic look at the future.
Just a few months ago, it seemed like there was no end in sight for the global pandemic, but since then, multiple vaccines have been approved worldwide. While immunising the planet is a gigantic task, we can finally start to dream of a world without Coronavirus.
So, this time next year, where will we be? And, importantly to many, what becomes of Christmas 2021? In this blog, we’re going to discuss where we could be in 12 months’ time, and how next year’s festive season may look.
Is Christmas Cancelled?
The short answer to that is no, you could never cancel Christmas nor the Christmas spirit and feelings of goodwill it evokes, however Christmas 2020 will be a Christmas like no other. With Coronavirus still ravaging the United Kingdom, measures are in place to help stop the spread of the disease over the festive period.
The UK Government had initially made arrangements for a 5 day ‘Christmas Break’, where Coronavirus restrictions would be slightly relaxed so as to allow families to spend time with each other, something which has been sorely lacking for many.
However, due to the rising cases nationwide and the spread of a mutated strain of Coronavirus – thought to be up to 70% more infectious than the more common version – spreading across London and the South East, these plans were abruptly cancelled on December 19th, just days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a press conference in which he promised there would be no such U-turn.
So, let’s try this again. What are the rules in place for Christmas now? In an updated version of a previous blog published at the end of November, we will take a look at how ‘Christmas 2020 2.0’ will pan out across the UK.
Popular Christmas Hymns
Recently, we published a blog on how the Coronavirus pandemic will affect Christmas 2020, detailing how this will be a festive season like no other. However, there’s one Christmas tradition which will no doubt endure: hymns.
Hymns are popular in religious circles all year round, but they take on a particular significance around Christmas. In December they even become commonplace amongst those who don’t practice religion, and are seen as a key part of the ‘Christmas spirit’ by many.
In today’s blog, I’m going to cover some of the most popular Christmas hymns and the significance behind them.
Self Isolating over Christmas
This year’s been tough for us all, which means that many people are looking forward to Christmas more than they ever have before. But picture this: a few days before the festivities you come down with Coronavirus symptoms, take a test and low and behold, you have the disease. Christmas is ruined, surely?
Of course having Covid over the Christmas period will more than likely change your plans drastically, but fear not! In this blog I am going to cover some suggestions for what you can do to entertain yourself if you’re forced to self-isolate during the festive period.
Keepsakes at Christmas
Contributed by Helen from the Lovely Memorial Gifts
Traditionally, Christmas is a time for celebration, family time and latterly gift giving. It also provides us with some down time, a time for reflection, and I think it's a combination of all of the above that makes Christmas a time more than any other time of year, when we most miss and want reminding of lost loved ones.
What Are The Rules For Funerals After The Second Lockdown?
2020 has been a lot to take in.
Whether you’ve been wondering about who you can see, where you can see them, or just what time the pub shuts, this year has had a lot of rules to navigate that we are all not used to. One of the most difficult times to experience this confusion is on the run up to a funeral.
Are you allowed to attend the funeral?
What are you supposed to tell others?
Can you still place an announcement in the newspaper?
Now that we have come out the other side of our second lockdown, it’s worth taking another look at all the information regarding funerals, so that hopefully it’s one less thing to worry about.