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The loss of a loved one can happen at any time of year. If this happens to be in the winter, you can be left with the choice of whether or not to hold a burial for them in this time of year. While it's not like it used to be where you couldn't hold a funeral in the winter due to frozen ground, there are still more things for you to consider.
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As our awareness of the environment around us becomes more prevalent, people are turning to be more environmentally friendly in as many ways as possible - including funerals. Traditional Western funeral and burial practises can leave a big carbon footprint. Cremation is a more environmentally friendly option than usual burials, however it does use a lot of energy and releases millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
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Unfortunately, no matter how much we wish to not think about it, death is inevitable for everyone. And so is what happens once that time comes. Statistics have found that more people than ever are choosing to pre-plan their funerals and while this might sound odd, it's better to accept the reality of your passing and make it easier for your loved ones to bear. Speak to your family and friends about what your final wishes are and what you would like for yourself when you pass.
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The past year has shown us just how important social interaction is and why we need to support each other. The pandemic forced us all to become more inventive with the ways we communicated, seeing as we couldn't see each other in person. While we are now back to being able to interact and hug one another, it doesn't mean that the thoughtful things we did have to stop. If you are looking to comfort someone who has lost a loved one and perhaps can't get to them as soon as you might like, it can be a good idea to create them a grief care package. Here we outline just what this entails.
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