How To Prepare For A Loved One’s Funeral

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If you’re anticipating attending the funeral of a loved one, you might have a few worries. In the morning, you may find it easier to have a plan, even if it’s only to get through simple tasks. Have a look at our tips to help you through the morning before going to a funeral. It may bring you some peace of mind knowing that your morning is planned.

Wake Up At A Suitable Time

Make sure you give yourself enough time in the morning to get ready and perform any tasks needed. If you have young children, you may want to allow a little extra time to ensure they’re able to have a wash, some food and get dressed into something smart.

It’s a good idea to plan your outfit the night before and lay it out ready. This means you won’t have to stress about what to wear in the morning.

Have A Good Breakfast

You may not feel like eating much before the funeral, but it’s a good idea to get some nutrients in. If you’re feeling nervous, an empty stomach could add to your nerves. Even a banana would be better than nothing, and could help settle a nervous stomach. If you’re feeling up to it, a bowl of porridge or cereal would give you a good source of energy to get you through the service.

Pack A Bag

If you don’t want to carry a bag, you can pack these items in a pocket. You don’t need to bring much to a funeral, but there are a few essentials that are worth having. A small packet of tissues, a pair of sunglasses, your phone, keys and wallet are the only things you really need. You may also want to bring a pen, just in case there’s an opportunity to write something for the departed.

Before packing your phone, make sure it’s switched off or set to do not disturb. The sunglasses may be useful if you find yourself getting emotional. Although it’s perfectly normal to be upset and cry, you may find it comforting to know you can pop your sunglasses on afterwards for a little privacy.

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