How Does a Funeral Help in the Grieving Process?

By: Tom Gallagher
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Funerals have existed in some shape or form for thousands of years. There are several ancient burial sites scattered around the world, showing that this process has always been important to mankind. Modern scientists and researchers believe funerals are an important part of the grieving process. Here are some reasons why:

1. Celebrating the life lived

A funeral is a way to remember and celebrate the life lived. Families come together, recognizing the decedent’s influence on their life. Every human life has value and leaves behind someone to mourn; we hold funerals to honor this.

2. Acknowledging the loss

Funeral services help bring an end to an instinctive denial. This is especially important in cases of a sudden, traumatic death. It makes loss real, helping people move beyond the first stage of grief.

3. Stability and comfort of rituals

Rituals provide stability and comfort in times of chaos and uncertainty. They’re predictable, meaningful, and require focus. This process allows people to move past their initial shock, which helps people move forward.

4. Closure and family support

Funerals allow grieving individuals to say their final goodbyes and commiserate with family members. People share stories, cry, comfort each other, offer support, etc. This community grieving process is an important step towards healing. It ensures individuals don’t feel alone in their pain.

5. Spiritual impact

Funerals offer spiritual comfort to people of all religions and atheists. Just burying or cremating the body doesn’t offer the same level of comfort as a thorough funeral process. Religious people believe in the existence of spirit and think they’re performing a final service for their deceased loved one. This also offers a closure.

If you need help on funeral-related matters or want to know more about our services here at Gallagher Funeral Home, contact us or give us a call 318-640-1375 today. 

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the letters you see in the image.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

A Complete Understanding of Funeral Pricing

Most people don’t know exactly how expensive a funeral can be until they have to actually have to plan and organize one. This entire process requires the involvement of funeral home employees and t...

The Advantages of Working with a Family Owned Funeral Home

If you look online for funeral homes in your local area, you will find there are a large number of establishments. While it’s always good to have a broad choice, that can sometimes make it difficul...

Should Your Child Attend the Funeral?

Parents want to protect their child from the harsh realities of life for as long as they can. They’re most reluctant to discuss death and funerals, fearing they might scare their kids. Experts and ...

What do Funeral Directors do for a Family?

There are several different ways in which you can memorialize and honor a person who has passed away. These services give some solace to the grieving family. Most families want the funeral service ...

How to Get Through the First Couple of Weeks after a Death

Working your way through the first few days and weeks after the death of a family member can be extremely challenging. Many people manage all the funeral service arrangements as well as funeral hom...

Creative Ideas for Funeral Services

Today, many people don’t feel that shedding tears and walking around in a morose manner is absolutely necessary when a loved one dies.  If someone close to you has lived a full life and been a...

Online Grief Support Resources

It’s not easy to deal with grief and sometimes asking a family member or friend for support isn’t an option. Different people have different ways to cope with grief and some of these coping mechani...

Coping with the Loss of a Loved One During the Holidays

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy, especially during times of celebrations like the holidays. You spend your holidays with your loved ones as it’s a time to cherish everyone in you...

Benefits of Planning your Funeral While You’re Still Alive

Speaking about death is never easy so most people try to avoid it as much as they can. While this is understandable, we at Gallagher Funeral Home, encourage people to consider the benefits of plann...

3 Tips for Explaining Death to a Child

Explaining the concept of death to a child is very challenging. Most parents want to avoid it as long as possible because they don’t want to introduce such a grim and sad fact of life. Sometimes th...