Why should I see a doctor?

You ask yourself "why should I see a doctor?" You’re healthy. You haven’t seen a doctor in years. You look after yourself and you are proud of your self-care. So, what’s wrong with this scenario? While it is wonderful that you are so healthy, what happens if something unforeseen occurs and you suddenly pass [...]

How to help young children cope with death

Parents often ask us how to help young children cope with death and for advice on how to explain the death of a loved one to their young children. Our instinct is to protect our children and to shield them from pain and sadness. However, children are intuitive and sense when something is wrong. [...]

By |2020-05-11T09:59:32+02:00May 11th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Covid-19’s impact on death, families and funeral arrangements

We are all experiencing uncertainty and anxiety with the onslaught of the Corona virus pandemic, including Covid-19's impact on death, families and funeral arrangements. Governments have taken extreme measures around the world to reduce transmission and this is having a devastating impact on our economy, our family life and our society. Even when Covid-19 [...]

By |2020-03-23T14:37:25+02:00March 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Know what to do when a loved one passes away

Will you know what to do when a loved one passes away in hospital? Your mind will be flooded with emotions and grief - hardly a time for logical, rational thought. In amongst all the machines, the medical staff, the other patients and your distraught family members you will soon have to make some [...]

By |2019-10-16T22:02:48+02:00October 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

To bury or to cremate? How to say goodbye to a loved one.

The title of the article is difficult to contemplate.  With all the other emotions you are feeling, dealing with the practicalities of death is unfamiliar and stressful. At Sonja Smith Funeral Group we are often asked about the choice between cremation and burial. We have written this article to explain and highlight some [...]

By |2019-09-05T12:05:03+02:00September 5th, 2019|Burials, Cremations|0 Comments

The Voice of the Unborn Baby

“Sometimes love is for a moment. Sometimes love is for a lifetime. Sometimes a moment is a lifetime.”    Author unknown October is International Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Awareness Month. All over the world, bereaved parents light a candle on the 15th October every year, creating a Wave of Light on Remembrance Day. Balloon [...]

By |2019-09-05T12:15:21+02:00June 27th, 2019|Baby Funerals|2 Comments

About Voice of the Unborn Baby

In SA, the Births & Deaths Registration Act 51 of 1992 defines Stillbirth as a child that has had at least 26 weeks of intra-uterine existence, but showed no sign of life after complete birth. Babies who die during the first 26 weeks of gestation, however, are currently being thrown away in red anatomical [...]

By |2019-09-05T12:15:54+02:00May 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Journey of Healing Grace

Our Journey of Healing Grace workshops commenced 2 weeks ago. We took hands with Zelda Language, a Psychologist who experienced the trauma of baby loss herself and invited parents who suffered miscarriage/stillbirth/neonatal baby death to join us on this special journey. Little did I know. A whole new world opened for me! Also enrolled [...]

By |2019-09-05T12:16:13+02:00March 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

EVENING FUNERALS

Sonja Smith Funeral Group has set a new ‘trend’ in the funeral profession where people now specifically request an evening funeral for themselves or their loved ones. Our first evening funeral was done with candles and choir music, commencing at 19:00 in the evening in a church where the lights were dimmed to create an ambience that [...]

By |2019-09-05T12:16:37+02:00March 25th, 2015|Evening Funerals, Uncategorized|0 Comments