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The director of a Diss-based funeral home has said she is really proud after a film helping young people understand how funerals work was released.

Anne Beckett-Allen, of Rosedale Funeral Homes, worked with film company Blanc Creative to make What Happens at a Funeral, a short film about a 13-year-old’s journey through both a burial and a cremation, after losing her 79-year-old grandmother.

Mrs Beckett-Allen said: “I am a trustee of Nelson’s Journey, which supports young people who have experienced the death of someone.

What Happens at a Funeral - Photo: Lee Blanchflower / Blanc Creative (30041262)
What Happens at a Funeral - Photo: Lee Blanchflower / Blanc Creative (30041262)

“A few years ago, I had my brother make a full-sized doll’s house into a church for the charity, with everything in it to help explain funerals.

“From that came the idea of making this film – to make that knowledge more accessible to a wider audience.”

The film shows everything from the funeral ceremony to a visit to a chapel of rest.

Mrs Beckett-Allen hopes the film with give children a greater understanding of what happens when someone dies.

She said: “It is usually around two to three weeks before a funeral and things will be going on around them to organise that, so this helps them know about that process.

“Also, it helps them understand about chapel visits; these can be scary and some parents are unsure whether children are allowed to go, so I hope it helps in that way, too.”

Since its release, Mrs Beckett-Allen said she has had lots of positive feedback, with three families saying it had proved really helpful to their children.

She said: “Adults have said they have learned something from it and, at the launch, I had a couple of school teachers say they would like to see it used in schools as part of the curriculum, as they felt children may take it in more before they are faced with a bereavement.”

“We are just really proud of the film. It has really surpassed what we could have possibly imagined,” she added.

To view What Happens at a Funeral, click here.

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