Funerals fill an important role for those mourning the loss of a loved one. Funerals provide surviving family members and friends a caring, supportive environment in which to share thoughts and feelings about the deceased. This is an important first step in the healing process for all those involved.
The ritual of attending a funeral service provides many benefits:
- Provides a social support system for the bereaved
- Helps to understand that death is final and part of life
- Integrates the bereaved back into the community
- Eases the transition to a new life after the death of a loved one
It is possible to have a full funeral service even for those choosing cremation. The importance of the ritual is in providing a social gathering to help the bereaved begin the healing process.
Types of Tributes
A funeral is so much more than a way to say goodbye; it’s an opportunity to celebrate the life of someone special.
Today, a funeral can be as unique as the individual who is being honored. From simple touches like displaying personal photographs to events created around a favorite pastime, funerals can reflect any aspect of a person’s life and personality.
Answering these questions can help you decide how to personalize a service:
- What did the person like to do?
- What was the person like as an individual?
- What was the person like as a professional?
- Was the person spiritual?
- Was the person proud of their heritage?
Hobbies & Past Times
Often people have hobbies that become more than just a casual past time. Their activity could have been as much a part of who they were as their smile. Why not showcase that important part of their life during the funeral?
Incorporating a hobby can be as simple as:
- Displaying items used for their hobby; e.g. sports equipment, gardening tools, or collections
- Personalizing the casket or urn with a symbol of their hobby
- Displaying trophies or awards they have won
- Creating a picture board of presentation featuring pictures of them engaged in their hobby
- Having someone speak about the person's passion for the hobby
These are just a few of the things to think about when planning a tribute to your loved one. When making arrangements our knowledgeable staff can help you discover even more options to personalize your service.
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