Simply mention the word "funeral" and it can evoke a wide variety of emotions. For many, the likely response is sadness as the memory of losing a loved
one is the first thing that comes to mind. For others, the reaction is one of
fear because they have never attended a funeral and know that one day they will
be forced to confront this reality.
Many persons are likely to respond with a combination of feelings ranging from sorrow to peace of mind. While the sadness is for the aforementioned reason, the source of their comfort could be from the fond memories of a well-planned, personalized funeral that honored their loved one's life and legacy.
you or your loved one are members of a formal religion, are spiritual but not
religious, or have other beliefs, a funeral is a unique way of honoring a
person’s life and can be a great source of comfort to those survivors who are
grieving the loss.
assured that your NFDA funeral director is ready to help you understand the
value of the funeral. He or she will inform, educate and help you understand
all of your options so that you may plan a funeral that is fitting to the
unique life that was lived.
Helps confirm the reality and finality of death.
Provides a climate for mourning and the expression of grief.
Allows the sorrows of one to become the sorrows of many.
Is one of the few times love is given and not expected in return.
Is a vehicle for the community to pay its respects.
Encourages the affirmation of religious faith.
Is a declaration that a life that has been lived as well as a
sociological statement that a death has occurred.
~The Funeral from Ancient Egypt to Present Day America
The funeral provides
family members and friends an environment to offer comfort, support to one
another and share their thoughts and feelings about the life of the deceased.
It can be a formal, structured event based on religious ritual, a less formal
gathering in a special place, or perhaps something else in between. A primary
importance of the funeral lies in honoring the life lived and allowing the
surviving family and friends to share in their loss and gain support from one
The ritual of
attending a funeral service deliver many benefits including:
- Providing a social support system for the
grieving family and friends.
- Helping those grieving to understand death is
final and that death is part of life.
- Integrating the grieving family back into the
- Easing the transition to a new life after the
death of a loved one.
- Providing a safe haven for embracing and
- Reaffirming one’s relationship with the person
- Providing a time to honor the person's life
and to say good-bye.