During a funeral, the community comes together and responds to the realities that someone has died and that those remaining will need support, compassion, love, hope, and understanding. A funeral encourages you to think about the person who has died and to explore the meaning of their life and the ways in which they touched the lives of others.
The remembering, reflecting, and choices that take place in the planning and conducting of the funeral service are often an important part of the process of grief and mourning. Ultimately, this process of contemplation and discovery creates a memorable and moving funeral experience for all who attend.
Why Have a Funeral?
When we experience the death of someone we love, a funeral service fills several important needs. First, it provides for the dignified and respectful care of your loved one and creates a special tribute to their life.
Equally important, the funeral service helps survivors face the reality of death, which is the first big step toward taking grief from the inside and express it on the outside through mourning. Together, close friends and relatives can lend support and consolation when they are needed most.