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One Month Until Christmas

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We’re feeling festive as the Christmas lights in Leyland were switched on at the weekend.

Don’t forget that we are here whenever you need us. Be it weekday, weekend, daytime, night time or bank holidays. We’re available 365 days a year and are just a phone call away. Please don’t hesitate to call, we’re here and ready to serve.

With one month until Christmas Day, we hope you enjoy the festivities of the season and the run up to the big day.


Suicide isn’t the only option

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Last week, news spread that Keith Flint, the frontman of The Prodigy, had taken his own life.

His voice was one of a generation, the jilted generation. He influenced, changed & innovated, inspiring many & rebelling against the norm & having played the festival many times, was due to appear at Glastonbury with The Prodigy again this year. Music aside, the last photos of him were taken at a Parkrun where he had recently started running the 5km course, achieving his best time just 2 days before his death.

Booking a music festival & taking up running don’t sound like things that someone contemplating taking their own life would do. But no one knows what’s going on inside the head of others. Suicidal thoughts don’t discriminate, they can happen to anyone.

Suicide isn’t the only option. There is help if you need it. Please speak to someone if you need to. Reach out to a friend today & check they are ok.

Samaritans: www.samaritans.org or call 116 123 (UK).


First Valentine’s Day With Your Spouse?

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You probably aren’t looking forward to the prospect of the first Valentine’s Day without your spouse, partner or loved one. Maybe you get traditions, maybe you just exchanged cards. Perhaps flowers were always delivered or you’d go for a meal together? Maybe you celebrated the day of love in your own way and looking at that date looming on the calendar isn’t doing you any favours? So what can you do?

Dine with friends. If you have or had a bereavement group or know people in similar situations to you, why not suggest just having a meal together? It doesn’t need to be a restaurant, or maybe it does for you to really look forward in your life? Divorced or single friends might also jump at the chance of company.

You could do something for someone else. Why not babysit so another couple can go out and make some memories? The enjoyment you’ll get from spending time with youngsters will lift your mood.

Why not do something that YOU love? Whether that’s to go for a walk by the canal followed by a pub lunch, get a haircut or go for a massage, make it about you. Perhaps buying that new jacket or pair of shoes that you had your eye on would give you a lift?

Even if you decide to stay in, pour a glass of wine & watch a movie on the TV, it’s no big deal. Just remember, like Christmas, like New Year’s Day, like birthdays, it’s only one day. It’s just another day in your life. Tomorrow will be here before you know it.


Comfort Through Scripture

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There can be comfort in scripture. If you are grieving or have recently suffered a loss, there are many ways to process and work your way through the journey you’re faced with.

Take these examples from The Bible…

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. – Psalm 73:26

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. – Matthew 5:4

You may believe, you may not. Reading scripture might not be ‘your thing’ or it might bring out other emotions for you on your grieving journey.


How To Support Young People

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How do you support a child or young person when someone dies?

Bereavement is hard enough to understand, get your head around, live through and work through without, on top of all that, being a child.

There is help out there, specific help which can help young people and children, from organisations like Young MindsCruse Bereavement Care & Winston’s Wish.

There is help out there, don’t suffer in silence trying to help a child through bereavement and don’t let those youngsters face it along either.


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