PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Kevin Bean funeral director
and certified celebrant, has witnessed the impact that the death of a loved one can have on a family. Like so many others, he himself has gone through this painful process. Preparing for someone's passing can prove just as difficult as dealing with the actual event. A recent article in The Huffington Post highlights helpful tips for what to do when someone is dying. Kevin Bean shares insight from his personal experiences with the situation.
Many people do not know what to do when confronted with someone who is dying. They are not sure how to act or what to say. It is okay to break down and show emotion, but try not to weigh others down with personal problems, especially the person who is dying. Not everyone deals with these situations in the same way, so do not feel pressure to conform to others' expectations. Each person responds in their own way, and what is important is to show loved ones that they care and love them unconditionally.
Communicate honestly and openly with someone who is dying rather than trying to cover up the situation or pretend that it is not happening. Show gratitude for who they are and how they have impacted others' lives, share happy memories and stories, hold their hand, express love and support, and gently say goodbye. Do not take time spent with them for granted.
Allowing the person who is dying to express their wishes and respect their decisions. It is their life and they are in control. Ideally important decisions are made before passing, but in reality, they are often last minute. Try to understand the persons' wishes and what they would have wanted. Accept that death is a part of life. Do not try to fight it or postpone it unnecessarily.
"Not everyone has the opportunity to say 'good-bye,'" says Kevin Bean, funeral director. "Try to embrace this final opportunity and talk about the things that you feel the need to talk about.
Thank your loved one for what they brought into your life, and for having them in your life. When my mother died of breast cancer, she suffered for days on end in great pain. Finally, I asked my sister to tell her it was okay to go, and my mother passed over shortly after my sister gave her 'permission.' At the moment of her death, in that instant, we saw a beautiful white entity above her head that looked like a vortex, something like the white smoke when they burn incense in church. In that moment, we all knew that it was her spirit leaving her body. Remember, life is so much more than what we see, so much more than what we realize, so much more than this lifetime. Our brief time here on earth is only a few short steps in the journey." Kevin Bean, funeral director, is committed to assisting families through part of their difficulty journey as they prepare to lay their loved one to rest.
Bean Funeral Home and Crematory in Reading, PA, is owned by Kevin Bean funeral director
and certified celebrant. He opened the facility in 1997 after obtaining his funeral director's license. He and his staff assist families with planning the details of their loved one's funeral and making the appropriate arrangements. Helping to coordinate the legal, technical, preparatory, and religious aspects of the funeral process, they make the entire experience run as smoothly as possible. Supporting families through the grieving process, he also offers many resources to help with coping and healing.