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Healing a broken heart

Death is difficult to deal with and even harder when it's someone very close to you. Even though it's not something we like to discuss, death is a reality we should consider when planning our lives. The Hound knows what it's like to have someone special suddenly leave your life . Having the right funeral cover will help you give your loved one a dignified funeral, which is half of the journey to finding healing.

According to famous psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, the founder of what is commonly known as The Five Stages of Grief; each phase carries noticeable signs and should each be fully embraced in order to receive the healing to move on. Children are extra sensitive and even though it seems they don't understand, they too need full support when they have lost a loved one.

•  Denial is normal but paint the picture of reality

Your children may be experiencing emotions of denial where they insist that their loved one is coming back or is still somewhere out there even though not present.Explaining to your children about the reality of death is important even though they may not fully understand. Denying them the right to know may slow down the healing process.

•  Sometimes they'll get angry

Help your child deal with anger. It is normal and should not be suppressed. Help your children channel their anger in a healthy way and that they do not let it out in ways that pose a danger to themselves and others.

•  If I do this, can you do that?

In order to make things easier, they will try a bargaining chip in hopes that their loved one comes back. They will make statements like “if mommy comes back I promise I'll be a good girl.” It's important not to reciprocate these statements with empty promises that will later let them down. Be firm but gentle in the fact that nothing will bring their loved one back.

•  Depression is the most inevitable step when one has lost a loved one In your children it will manifest in not wanting to eat, play or go to school. It's healthy to let your children sit it this moment but not for prolong periods of time where it will end up affecting their progress. Help them to keep positive and surround them with activities that will serve as a positive reminder of the person they're grieving.

•  Acceptance is freedom

It is hard to measure when this will happen and each person is different but there will come a time where your children will be in acceptance to what they have just been through. When you feel they have accepted the loss, help them to keep positive memories of their loved one so they are always reminded of the good times they've shared with the one they love.

Whilst The Hound cannot ease your pain of losing a loved one, he can help you to find suitable funeral cover so that you won't have to deal with the financial burden of the funeral.

The only thing you need to then concern yourself over is moving on positively and being there for your family.

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