If you have found yourself wondering what’s the purpose of funerals and why are they important, our latest blog explores the significance of carrying out this age-old ritual.
What is the Purpose of Funerals?
- Acknowledge the reality and finality of death
It can be difficult to come to terms with the fact that someone we love and shared our life with has passed away and is no longer going to be there to talk to or see.
For some, a loved one’s death can be so painful and hard to acknowledge that they may deny that it has even occurred in the first place. To be able to process the grief and start the healing journey, we must first accept that the person has passed away.
A funeral is an important part of the grieving process as it provides an opportunity to acknowledge the new reality without our loved one in a supportive environment surrounded by friends and family.
- Remember your loved one and celebrate their life
Every life is special and has meaning. A funeral is a celebration of that life and gives those who knew the deceased an opportunity to mark the significance of their life.
During a funeral, a eulogy will likely be given and the deceased’s major accomplishments and life events may be highlighted. Typically, there will also be stories shared about the deceased. This tradition can bring about discussion between mourners after the service is over and may even prompt them to share their own personal stories and experiences of the deceased.
Also, being able to discuss the person you love so much with someone else helps to keep their memory alive and can offer comfort during the time of mourning.
- Receive support and offer support to others
When we care deeply for someone who has passed away, or their loved ones left behind, attending the funeral is a physical display of our support at a time when words may be inadequate.
Gathering together also provides an opportunity for mourners to comfort one another and shows them that they are not grieving alone.
- Express thoughts on meaning of life
Death is not a topic of conversation that everyone is comfortable discussing. In fact, many people would avoid thinking about it or talking about it altogether. Yet, it is an inevitable and albeit sad fact of life.
A funeral allows mourners to talk about life and its meaning and express their feelings on the topic.
- Allow for a proper goodbye
Funerals act as a physical place to say a final goodbye before a loved one is laid to rest.
For many people having this opportunity offers closure and helps them to accept the passing.
Anton Brown Funerals is a family-owned, Queensland funeral company which was established in 1995.
Our Brisbane-based team of funeral directors are honest, professional, compassionate and understanding, and always put our clients and their needs first.
We go above and beyond to ensure your loved one’s funeral arrangements are tailored to their final wishes and can assist you with burials, cremations, coffins, floral arrangements, pre-planning and more.
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