As a therapist I see people going through all stages of life. I am there during times of celebration and grief. I tend to take more of an active role in my clients lives when they are experiencing emotions at the extreme end of the spectrum. This is can be during an incredibly happy time such as a wedding, where senses are heightened and often emotions can be blurred but can also be during the worst of times, when people are mourning the loss of a loved one. Death is not a stranger to me, I have counselled numerous clients through loss and experienced it myself. It doesn’t really get easier. One thing I’ve noticed over the years is the benefit of foresight. The whole mourning process is made far easier when plans are in place. I recently met with a client who had arranged the funeral of their loved one with a funeral director in Perth. They spoke at length of how the pre-existing plans saved a lot of time, money and heartache when it came to the logistical side of the funeral and days afterwards. It may sound morbid but it really does help all those left behind when you have left some kind of strategy for your farewell. Although of course in tragic circumstances plans are rare. In this case it is important to have a supportive and experienced funeral director. I have been to too many funerals in Perth, at my age they become a regular weekend activity, and I can safely say there are excellent funeral directors available to grieving families and friends. It is important to not overlook the logistics, it is not an easy task but is fundamental to beginning the mourning process with comfort. Death is a natural part of life and like everything in life, it goes down better when it’s taken one step at a time.