Why You Should Have a Funeral ServiceMarch 16, 2017
It’s become commonplace nowadays to hear people dismiss the traditional funeral service. They’d rather skip the ceremony and go straight to cremation or burial. That being said, there’s a lot of value behind the funeral service. We’d like to invite you to find out why.
The Importance of Ritual
Rituals are more than just outdated traditions, we shouldn’t be so quick to write them off. In so many instances, rituals have stood the test of time for a reason; they really matter. The ritual of a funeral service offers a way of recognizing a loss and acknowledging its reality. It gives mourners the chance to come together and to support one another through their time of grief. The ritual of the funeral isn’t for the deceased, it’s for the survivors.
The Possibility of Personalization
While talking about pre-planning a funeral, many people hesitate when it comes to the service. They envision their loved ones sitting through sombre speeches and worry that it won’t reflect the life they lived. Nowadays, funeral services are completely customizable. From broadcasting it to relatives on different continents and incorporating meaningful music, there’s very little that can’t be done to make a service special.
Everyone is Welcome
There is a commonly held misconception that funeral services have to a religious component. While faith-based services are beautiful, funerals are meaningful regardless of whether or not the deceased was affiliated to a particular belief. Funeral services can be held in funeral homes or in venues that are able to accommodate a casket, not just in places of worship. They can be officiated by a celebrant, a family member, a friend, or anyone else who seems best suited. Funeral directors are well-versed in arranging all sorts of services and are always here to help guide you.
Regardless of where you stand when it comes to celebrating yourself, it’s important to recognize the fact that to others, you’re worth honouring. People love you and will miss you when you’re gone. They’ll want to be able to pause and reflect, to surround themselves with supportive people and to begin the long, difficult grieving journey. Even if you’re reluctant to make a fuss, know that others will want to.