It doesn’t matter if their death was sudden, or if they had been unwell for a long time, the loss of a loved one always comes as a shock. You need time to grieve, to process what has happened, and the opportunity to say goodbye. It could be...Learn More
As a parent, you want the safest and most comfortable place for your new baby to sleep, and creating that place isn’t hard if you know which dangers to avoid. While creating your baby’s sleeping zone, here are a few things you should...Learn More
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It doesn’t matter if their death was sudden, or if they had been unwell for a long time, the loss of a loved one always comes as a shock. You need time to grieve, to process what has happened, and the opportunity to say goodbye. It could be argued that funerals are for the living, to give that vital opportunity to say goodbye. So what do you do when a funeral doesn’t reflect the unique character of your loved one? The traditional funeral is practical in many ways, with a priest or celebrant officiating over the proceedings in a venue big enough to hold everyone, and a funeral director to help with each step. The actual funeral program is in the hands of friends and family, although some people leave behind their wishes for their own funeral.
Funerals are generally dominated by the coffin itself, and that solemn six-sided box will be the final resting place for your loved one. Since their remains will be spending the rest of eternity in there, it’s important to think about whether or not a traditional coffin best represents the personality of the person inside it, if not there are other options.
Ghana Design Coffins
The standard coffin or casket is a rarity in Ghana, and a coffin is more likely to be a wooden container in the shape of something important to the deceased. If the deceased loved racing cars, their coffin will be in the shape of a brightly coloured car. If they dreamed of travelling into space, their coffin will be a rocket ship. This type of coffin was popularised in the 1950’s, and is derived from the ancient Kings of Accra (a region of Ghana) who were buried in their palanquin, which is a small travel cart carried on the shoulders of four men. It’s not the cheapest option, but you could certainly have a special coffin built.
Eco Friendly Coffins
Perhaps your loved one was a staunch environmentalist, or simply hated to waste money. They might appreciate the sentiment behind the many types of eco friendly coffins available. Since the coffin will either be buried under the ground or cremated, they might have preferred something more friendly to the environment, that will biodegrade much more quickly. An eco friendly coffin is generally made from reinforced cardboard or wicker and lined with wool. It begins to break down shortly after burial.
This is perhaps something that is of more benefit to friends and family left behind, rather than the deceased. Funerals are not cheap, and you could be paying more than $9000 to give your loved one a proper send-off. As a way of saving money, a number of people are turning to DIY coffins, assembled from kits. If properly constructed, these coffins meet all legal requirements for burial or cremation –at a fraction of the cost of a traditional coffin. Building their final resting place is a clear way to show your respect for the departed.
It’s always going to be hard to say goodbye, but perhaps it will be a little easier if your loved one is resting in a coffin as unique as they were.View Plans and Pricing
As a parent, you want the safest and most comfortable place for your new baby to sleep, and creating that place isn’t hard if you know which dangers to avoid. While creating your baby’s sleeping zone, here are a few things you should keep in mind:
Separate Sleep Surfaces
According to SIDS and Kids, the safest place for a newborn to sleep is in a cot with a firm mattress next to his or her parents’ beds. Babies should sleep in this cot for the first six to 12 months of their lives. By being in a bassinet in the same room as the parents, it allows the parents to easily respond if the baby needs anything, but it keeps the baby safe from the dangers of sharing a sleep surface with adults.
Back to Sleep
Australia was one of the first countries in the world to jump aboard the Back to Sleep or Safe to Sleep campaign. Since 1991, this campaign has urged parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs rather than their sides or tummies from infancy. The position reduces incidences of SIDS, and it has cut the SIDS rate in half.
When getting a child ready to sleep for the night, parents should dress the child in warm pajamas that are approved to be used as sleepwear – there are different flammability requirements for sleeping clothes than day clothes, which is why it’s important to dress your baby in an outfit that is actually approved for sleeping. Warm pajamas are safer than puffy blankets or duvets that can suffocate a child. Parents should also avoid pajamas that have lots of ribbons or possible strangulation hazards on them.
In addition to avoiding puffy blankets, parents should avoid pillows or lots of cuddly toys in the crib. These too can be a hazard. Anything that adds extra heat to the bed like a hot water bottle or an electric heating blanket should also be avoided.
All bassinet mattresses, like from Baby Barn Discounts, that are sold have to adhere to certain safety standards, but if you want to give your baby an extra layer of safety, consider getting an organic mattress. Made from organic wool, cotton or other materials, organic mattresses keep babies away from toxins. Alternatively, parents who are worried about allergens can also get a mite or dust cover for their babies’ mattresses.
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