Why don’t you try? : Start thinking about or discussing funeral arrangements
People often feel anxious about saying the wrong thing or making someone upset when they talk about funerals. Music can be a good opportunity for a gentle conversation starter. You may want to share what songs you’d like at your own funeral and ask if this is something they’ve thought about.
Of course, you can also be more direct if you think that will work well for the person you’re caring for. There’s no ‘right’ way to get the conversation started, it really depends on the person and what suits them.
It may also be helpful to find a situation where you’re both relaxed and doing something side-by-side. For example, you could be doing the washing up, going for a walk or watching TV together. It may well be that the other person also wants to have this conversation but doesn’t know how to begin. If they don’t want to talk about it then it’s absolutely fine to stop. Try to keep in mind that just because they’re not ready now doesn’t mean they will never be.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Take time this week to talk to your loved one about what they would and wouldn’t like at their funeral, Research funeral plans with your local funeral director,
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