“It disrupts the natural order of life..”

Losing a child is an unimaginable tragedy that no parent ever expects to face. It disrupts the natural order of life, regardless of the child's age or the circumstances of their passing. The death of a child shatters the very fabric of your reality in a way that no other loss can.

As a parent grieving the loss of your child, you not only grapple with the immense sorrow and the knowledge that their life was cut tragically short, but you also have to confront a drastically altered future. The hopes and dreams you held for your child, and the life they could have lived, are now forever lost. This profound loss extends to siblings and grandparents, as the entire family is forever changed, and the weight of this change may feel unbearable.

In the wake of such a devastating loss, it is normal to experience a range of emotions - numbness, emptiness, anger, guilt, anxiety, and exhaustion. The longing and emptiness may persist indefinitely, and the immediate aftermath of your child's passing can have a profound physical impact, leaving you feeling debilitated. Amidst this pain, the idea of organizing a funeral for your child may seem overwhelming, but it's essential to remember that you have time to make decisions and process your grief.

Consider the following points:

- Give yourself the necessary time to soften the pain and come to terms with the magnitude of what has happened.
- Seek support from trusted friends, family members, funeral directors, religious figures, or celebrants to help you navigate the process of planning a funeral that honors your child's life.
- Engage in open discussions with your loved ones to articulate the form and shape you envision for the funeral ceremony.
- Take cultural and faith-based factors into account, but also remember that you have the freedom to plan the funeral in a way that feels right for you and your child.
- Trust your instincts and make decisions based on what feels most appropriate for your unique circumstances.
- Consider the possibility of having your child at home before the funeral, as it can provide an opportunity for more time together and a gentler transition.
- Ensure that any decisions involving your other children are made with their involvement and understanding. It's important to provide them with a trusted adult they can confide in and express their feelings to.
- Bringing your child home from the hospital or hospice can be done with the assistance of a funeral director or by collecting them yourself, with the necessary documentation from the facility.
- Understand that you have the choice to involve a funeral director to whatever extent you feel comfortable with. They can guide you through the process and provide the support you need.
- The funeral itself offers numerous choices, including burial or cremation, religious or non-religious ceremonies, and various venue options.
- Consider appointing a celebrant who can work closely with you to create a personalized ceremony, incorporating meaningful rituals, music, and storytelling.
- Involving other children in the funeral can be beneficial, allowing them to contribute in different ways, such as selecting music, writing letters or poems, creating artwork, or participating in symbolic gestures.
- Make sure to provide support for your children during the funeral, ensuring they have a trusted adult by their side while you focus on bidding your final farewell to your child.
- Financial assistance is available for children's funerals, with reduced costs offered by most funeral directors and no charges from crematoria, cemeteries, or burial grounds. Explore options like the Children's Funeral Fund and the Child Funeral Charity.
- Remember to seek ongoing support from organisations (see our links)  to help you through this difficult time.

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Remember, this journey is unique to you.

Louise xo

“It disrupts the natural order of life..”

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