Meaningful funeral ceremonies and visitation services provide an opportunity for honoring the transition from life to death and saying our last goodbyes.
The funeral is a ceremony of worth and value for those who mourn. It has existed since the beginning of mankind. It provides an opportunity for the survivors and others who share in the loss to express their love, respect and grief. It permits facing openly, realistically and with dignity the crisis that death presents. Through the funeral the bereaved take the firm, first step toward adjustment to their loss.
The funeral also gives the community a chance to offer its support and share the sorrow of the immediate family of the deceased.
A religious service meets spiritual needs of most. It may be conducted in a church or a funeral home with a member of the clergy officiating. A non-religious or humanist funeral ceremony meets the needs of others. It is usually held in the funeral home, led by a person chosen by the family. Either type of rite can be adapted to the lifestyle of the deceased and those who survive.
With the body present the loved one can be viewed. Viewing serves several helpful purposes – realization, recall and expression. This aids in the proper management of grief.