Whether we like it or not, the process of death is one of the few universal parts of the human experience.
It’s fair to say that by the time you reach adulthood, you will have probably been familiar with some kind of death in the family, maybe a grandparent or another elderly relative.
But for those of us who have not organised a funeral before, the prospect of attending a funeral for the first time might seem incredibly daunting.
Here at A Gentle Touch Funerals, we specialise in everything to do with funerals on the Gold Coast, and that includes helping people prepare for something that they might not have experienced before.
With that in mind, here are some tips for preparing to attend a funeral for the first time.
Eat And Hydrate
This might sound like an odd tip, but you do need to remember to hydrate yourself and eat as much as you can before the funeral service.
You have probably seen viral clips of people fainting at funerals before, and this is usually because they have not fuelled themselves beforehand.
Even though you might not be in the ‘mood’ to have breakfast and a drink, please try to so that you are in good shape for the day.
If you have been dreading the day of the funeral, it can be helpful to engage in some popular mindfulness techniques at home before setting out.
These days it is so simple to find an app or video online that will take you through some great mindfulness exercises, and you might find that it reduces your anxiety and it puts you in a much better headspace for the events ahead.
Get Ready To Listen
If the funeral is for someone very close to you, you need to prepare yourself to be a listener rather than a talker for most of the day.
People will want to come to you to express their condolences and share memories of the deceased, so try to prepare yourself to be somewhat the centre of attention for a few hours at least.
Hopefully, our few words of advice can help you when you need to refer to them at some point in your life.
Here at A Gentle Touch Funerals, we take every inquiry seriously and sensitively, and we understand that discussing funerals isn’t always a comfortable situation.