What's the Point of a Funeral?

By: Louis Bruno
Friday, February 15, 2019

While the disposition is often thought of as addressing the needs of the deceased, a funeral or memorial service is typically held to address the needs of the living. The death of someone we love leaves us in sorrow and a funeral service fills in several important needs, such as:

  • Gives us a chance to say goodbye
  • Acknowledge that someone we loved has passed on
  • Provide support for all our family and friends
  • Give us the hope for living
  • Lets us reflect on the meaning of life and death

Funerals allow us to move from life before death to life after death. They have been in our culture since the beginning of human history. The points mentioned below will you learn how a funeral services can begin your healing process.

1. Pay Tribute

A special tribute is paid during the service to a person’s life. A funeral has a lot of purposes like, acknowledging the death, remembering the life of the deceased and providing support to friends and family during a difficult time.

2. Begin Mourning

Facing the reality of someone’s death is extremely difficult and having a memorial service helps the survivors. It allows us to grieve from the inside and express it through mourning.

3. Receive Support

The passing of a loved loves leaves us hollow and sad. It is often difficult to express the love and respect towards the person who was important to us. A funeral service gives family and close friends this opportunity. Adjusting to the loss through caring for each other is the best way to cope with the loss.

4. Express Everything You Feel

Our beliefs, thoughts and feelings can be expressed through a funeral. It acknowledges that someone we deeply cared about has passed away and allows us to say our final goodbyes.

At Charles J. O'Shea Funeral Homes, we provide comprehensive funeral services and can help you with all aspects of the process so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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