Nyaradzo to pro­vide mourn­ers with tents, beds

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EDI­TOR — Funer­als were in the past de­fined by how com­pli­cated they were, how much pain, suf­fer­ing or dis­com­fort brought with them. From run­ning around try­ing to or­gan­ise the cof­fin or cas­ket to trans­port, food, wa­ter and drinks for mourn­ers. The be­reaved fam­ily and friends would be faced with huge chal­lenges fi­nan­cially and ad­min­is­tra­tively.

With­out ad­e­quate trans­port plans, some funer­als would only have a few peo­ple in at­ten­dance. One or two tetes or seku­rus might end up be­ing ab­sent, yet they would be crit­i­cal to some rit­ual be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the burial.

The first ques­tion that comes to mind is with each be­reave­ment is whether they had a funeral pol­icy? When the an­swer is yes, the next would be, did the pol­icy in­clude a bus? Where the an­swer is again in the af­fir­ma­tive, it is fol­lowed by a huge sigh of re­lief.

Funer­als of to­day, more so those of the fu­ture will be de­fined by the con­ve­nience in or­gan­is­ing them rather than the level of pain or dis­com­fort they cause.

Be­cause we have been in­volved with the lay­ing to rest of loved ones for years, we have seen the chal­lenges our clients face. One of the key ones is lack of fa­cil­i­ties or op­tions for those who may want to sleep and rest the night of the funeral.

Close fam­ily and friends have in the past been sleep­ing ei­ther in cars or by the fire­place, with oth­ers choos­ing to drink and talk all night in an ef­fort to chase away the cold. In many cases mourn­ers would choose to drive early in the morn­ing on the day of burial to at­tend the pro­ceed­ings then and back home soon af­ter.

For the con­ve­nience and com­fort of mourn­ers our re­sponse is that we will in fu­ture pro­vide camp­ing beds and sleep­ing tents for mourn­ers dur­ing a funeral.

Go­ing for­ward, those who choose to put up at the funeral will do so at al­most the same level of com­fort as putting up at home. The only dif­fer­ence is that the ar­range­ment will be that of camp­ing, in a sleeper tent on a camp­ing bed, thanks to Nyaradzo.

Clients at the few funer­als that we have al­ready pro­vided the fa­cil­ity have given us a big thumps up. In re­sponse, we are now work­ing flat out to make the camp­ing beds and sleeper tents avail­able to all of our clients who want and can af­ford them. How­ever, we do know that our prod­ucts are bet­ter ac­cessed through reg­u­lar monthly pre­mi­ums. To cater to this re­quire­ment, we are in the process of adding this op­tion to our pol­icy prod­uct menu so that they are avail­able to all our cus­tomers, in­clud­ing those al­ready on our books.

At­tend­ing and or­gan­is­ing funer­als must never again be about how much sleep dis­rup­tion we get. It will be about for how many peo­ple want bed­ding fa­cil­i­ties.

Funer­als will in­flict pain only on our hearts, but never again on our bod­ies from lack of sleep­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Th­ese new camp­ing beds and sleeper tents will make our lives or ex­pe­ri­ences at funer­als more con­ve­nient and com­fort­able, plea­sur­able and en­abling us to sleep at funer­als should we want to.

Gone will be the days of drink­ing and talk­ing all night to chase away the cold. Gone also will be the days of driv­ing to funer­als of close fam­ily and friends in the early hours of morn­ing be­cause we want to catch a good night’s sleep at home. Phillip Mataranyika Nyaradzo Group CEO

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