The Importance Of Funerals

When someone dies without leaving specific instructions, many people opt not to hold a funeral. Before making such a decision, however, consider the role that funerals play in the grieving process.

Ultimately, the decision to hold a funeral should be up to each individual. But in some cases, an individual dies without leaving direction regarding his or her funeral preferences. In these situations, think about what he or she might have wanted. Obtain a family consensus about what funeral arrangements should be made.

In making these choices consider all of your funeral options. In recent year, not having any type of service has become a trend. Although this may save the family both time and money, holding a funeral or memorial ceremony for the deceased can be an important step in the grief process.

Recognition of the deceased is important because:

  • It reinforces the reality of a loved one’s death.
  • It allows family and friends to acknowledge and express their loss.
  • It allows loved one’s to interact with the community in their new roles (e.g., widower).
  • It offers a constructive environment for people to reevaluate their views on life and death.
  • It offers group support by creating a common experience with those present.

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