Why do people wear poppies for Remembrance Day?
11th November is the official day we show respect to all those who served in the Armed Forces and who lost their lives fighting for our country, and it is called Remembrance Day. Leading up to this date you will see people on TV and wherever you go wearing a poppy.
Poppies are worn by people as it’s a symbol of remembrance to those who sacrificed their lives in World War One (WW1). Since then it has grown to be a symbol for those who not only gave their lives in WW1 but for all those have died on behalf of their country. The reason it's a poppy is that it was the type of flower that grew on the battlefields after WW1 ended. The famous WW1 poem Flanders Fields describes this.
What do you buy for someone who lost a loved one?
When you know someone close who has lost a loved one it is natural for us to want to make them feel better in any way - this can include giving them a gift to show how much you care. However, it is sometimes a struggle to think of an original idea for a gift, and not just resort to the usual sympathy flowers. This blog will help you think of some ideas for gifts for someone who is going through a difficult time.
Since the battlefields of ‘The Great War’ fell silent in 1919, Britain along with many other countries in Europe and across the world, has paused for two minutes silence on the 11th hour, in the 11th month; November. This day was known as Armistice Day until 1956 when the British Government, in honour of participants in both World Wars, officially replaced Armistice Day with the new Sunday Memorial day, fixed as the second Sunday of the month, known as Remembrance Sunday.
Typically since then, countries observe the silence on the day, and again on Remembrance Sunday. The Sunday is often honoured with a Parade of Remembrance, usually culminating in a wreath laying Ceremony of Remembrance at the local Cenotaph or Memorial.
A day in the life of those who help to celebrate a life
by Dawn Kemp, Independent Celebrant, Lincolnshire
Why Do People Wear Black to a Funeral?
Even if you know almost nothing about funerals, there’s one thing that everyone will be aware of: in the western world you have to wear black. But have you ever stopped and wondered why that is? In this blog I will explain why it is custom to wear black clothing if you attend a funeral.
How to raise money in memory of a loved one
There are many ways you can fundraise in memory of a loved one. It is best to speak to family and friends about this to share ideas and see what would be best. However, if you are struggling to think of ideas we have some suggestions for you.
Firstly, you’ll need to think about what you’d like to fundraise for. Visit our blog on ‘Which Charity Should I Choose to do a Collection For?’ for ideas on how to pick. After you’ve chosen how you’d like to raise money in memory of your loved one, the best way is to make it as easy as possible for people to donate. At funeral-notices.co.uk you can now make cashless donations through our site which can be shared across all social media platforms. Visit here to learn more about how to do this.
Another way to raise money in memory of your loved one is to state it in the death notice. For example “No family flowers please, donations if desired to X Y Z.” You could also have collection envelopes at the funeral so you can receive cash donations.
What to write in a Funeral Notice during the Covid-19 pandemic
There are a lot of extra things to think about while we go through these strange and uncertain times, and funerals are no exception. We have previously written a blog on ‘How many people are allowed at a funeral’, but do you know what you’re allowed to say in the funeral notice that goes in the newspaper and online?
How Many People Have Died From Coronavirus?
As of 1st October 2020, over 1,000,000 people worldwide have died due to COVID-19, better known as the Coronavirus. This includes 42,143 in the United Kingdom. In this blog, I will go into further detail about the fatalities caused by the disease, focusing especially on the UK.
The first case of COVID-19 in China was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2019. On 13th January 2020, a case of COVID-19 in Thailand was confirmed, the first recorded case outside of the origin country. And on 31st January 2020 – despite it later being assumed that there had been unidentified cases earlier in the country – the first COVID-19 cases in the UK were confirmed in York.
How many people are allowed at a funeral?
There may be some confusion as to how many people are allowed at a funeral following the latest Government rules. Nobody should meet socially in groups of more than six from Monday 14th September until further notice. However, funerals are exempt from this as long as they are COVID secure.
How can someone take care of themselves to help them deal with grief?
September is self-care awareness month, and in these challenging times, it is relevant to us all - and especially pertinent to those who are dealing with a bereavement.
As a professional funeral celebrant, and formerly a psychology lecturer and life coach, I’m interested in how to blend these approaches to the experience of mourning. To help you (or a friend or family member) do a daily ‘check in’ on your own wellbeing, here’s a little tool-kit I created that spells out the word ‘self-care’.