Glasgow Police Helicopter Crash – Coping with the Loss

Glasgow Police Helicopter Crash – Coping with Loss

This weekend people living in Glasgow are reeling with the effects of the nightmare of the Glasgow Police helicopter crash. Only 48 hours ago, families, friends and work colleagues were unaware whilst making plans for Christmas, not expecting anything to come along and change their lives from the norm.

At 10.00pm on Friday night, revellers were enjoying a night out together, for many payday had a last arrived and with a few spare pounds in their pockets, around 120 people gathered in The Clutha Bar to listen to live music, unaware of the disaster that was about to unfold. At around 10.30pm the Glasgow Police helicopter, which was flying routinely overhead, was reported by eye witnesses at the scene to he heard having engine problems. On lookers at the scene said that they heard the engine making “spluttering” sounds and seconds later, it plunged to the ground, crashing through the roof of The Clutha Bar. Over the coming minutes, hours and subsequent days, reports have been released initially of 32 people being taken to hospital with unknown injuries, but a later press release revealed that 8 people had died in the accident and 11 had suffered critical injuries, with the scene yet to be fully cleared to check for more fatalities.

Where do you start to cope with the loss after such a disaster?

Dealing with grief, at the time as horrific shock, adds another dimension to the loss. Having to face the loss of a family member or friend is hard enough, but having to also accept that they have been part of a major disaster, that is being heavily focussed upon by the world’s media is very difficult. Turning on the television, listening to the radio or simply getting news updates sent to you on a smart phone, tablet or PC, constantly drives home the constant pain. Due to the fact that the Glasgow Police helicopter crashed through the roof of a pub at night, the worlds media will focus in even more, desperately looking for answers to the questions, why, how and what caused the accident to happen, but this media frenzy just makes thing so much more intense for family and friends coping with losing someone close.

Over the coming days and months, it is extremely important that the loved ones of those involved receive love and support to cope. It is not only those who are coping with the death of someone close, but due to the nature of the disaster, it in inevitable that will be those with life changing injuries, who also require emotional support for themselves, their partners, families and friends, who will also need help, support and time to be allowed to grieve.

Connecting with specialists in dealing with life changes, loss and adaption to live can be found by visiting our directory of support organisations. In addition, for many it brings to the fore the need to plan for the unexpected events that life can bring. Making plans with things like life insurance, that includes critical illness and injury cover is a must, as is making sure that we all have a will in place to protect our loved ones, making sure that they are cared for in a way that we would want if we were no longer around, otherwise others will make choices, as would be the case if we die without making a will.

To find out more about support for the loss of a loved one, visit our website’s Directory Of Organisations who Provide Counselling and Support for coping with loss.


Funeral Planning – Arranging A Cremation For A Loved One

Cremation has been universally used for many generations, in many different forms.  Yet despite this, few people are completely at ease when funeral planning a crematorial service for a loved one, if you find yourself in this unfortunate circumstance then read on, as all your questions shall be answered below.

What Is Involved With A Crematorial Service?

Taking that first step when funeral planning a cremation for a loved one is always the hardest; you may feel overwhelmed when it comes to the several decisions and payment plans that will be thrust in front of you, especially at such a delicate time. You should also know that you do not have to plan the service or cremation alone, there are many experienced personnel available to help and support you during this difficult time, many funeral homes now provide crematorial services. By contacting your local funeral home provider, you will be able to access information which would then aid you in all necessary planning. The general process involved during a cremation is relatively simple, the physical remains of the deceased are placed into a coffin or an alternative secure, combustible container, after the service has been completed, the remains are then transferred into a furnace for around 3 hours- this process ensures that both the remains and container are fully transformed into ash.

Ashes can then be placed into a burial urn or a form of keepsake before being returned to the next of kin, thus giving the family complete control over what happens to the remains of their loved one.

By Having A Cremation, Does This Mean I Cannot Have A Funeral Service?

Many people believe that if you choose funeral cremation over a traditional burial then you exclude yourself from having a funeral service, this however is not the case. Should you choose a cremation, you are still fully eligible to have a service.  Should you desire music, prayers, flowers or a photograph presentation of the deceased, you are fully welcome to have this preformed. This can also help aid the healing process, and help the family and friends come to terms with the death of the loved one. Having a funeral service also helps honor the memory of the deceased, making their life eternal through memory, by choosing the option of cremation over that of a traditional burial you can still acquire the service and intimacy of that of a traditional burial.

How Is Cremation A Healthier Option For The Enviroment?

The main reason why cremation is becoming increasingly popular over past few years is partly due to the reason that many environmentalists consider it a more suitable and greener option for the environment. When a traditional funeral is preformed, before the service can occur, the body is first embalmed in fluids and a selection of chemicals that can cause severe harm to the environment. During cremation these fluids are not applied or required. Several people are against the idea of placing a large cement casing into the ground as it is not degradable; by honoring the memory of a loved one through cremation you are also performing your part when it comes to helping the environment.


Welcome to The Funeral Directors UK Blog

Welcome to the first publication on the Funeral Directors UK blog. Over the coming weeks you will find interesting articles including information and advice published by our team, including life stories from readers who wish to share their own thoughts on coping withthe loss of a loved one.

Funeral Directors – What services do they offer?

Getting the help of a funeral director – Planning a funeral for a husband, wife, partner or child is one of the most devastating and difficult things that any of us ever has to face. Not only are we coping with grief on a level that becomes overwhelming, but we are also charged with making arrangements for a day that is so important to all, that it adds huge pressures due to the expectations to create a perfect memory of the send off for all to hold as a fond memory for eternity.

So how do you cope when arranging a funeral?

Coping is a free word used to explain the process of holding it all together when very often we feel that falling apart just for a while may be a better option for you personally. So planning ahead for the benefit of other with something like a prepaid funeral plan or by taking out funeral insurance which includes details of our plans for our own funeral can, remove some of the stress that making arrangements for another can bring.