Goodbye is just as important as hello.
That’s why the Funeral Directors Association on NZ (FDANZ) Take the Time to Talk awareness week from April 9-13 aims to re-focus attention on the act of goodbye as the start of healthy grieving.
“Our vision is a New Zealand where meaningful funerals are valued as an essential part of healthy grieving,” says FDANZ President Gary Taylor.
“This year our campaign is highlighting to families that a meaningful funeral experience is the best way we can help those left behind to deal with grief and loss.
“Grief, which is our inbuilt biological reaction to the death of someone we love and care for, cannot be opted into or out of, it will confront us whether we like it or not.
"Social science tells us that the only way to effectively cope with grief and start to heal is through the process of a meaningful farewell. A goodbye.”
The Take the Time to Talk campaign encourages us to realise the value we put on hello, and to think about putting the same focus on goodbye; to allow our families the best opportunity to grieve well.
An FDANZ member funeral home can support your family to say goodbye.
A funeral doesn’t have to be a fuss, it doesn’t have to be big, it just needs to be a meaningful experience for those that matter.
The 123 funeral firms who have chosen to belong to FDANZ know the value of a meaningful funeral.