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 numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

What’s The Point Of A Funeral?

When someone passes away, the family members organize funeral services as a norm. They do this, so that family members and friends of the deceased get a chance to say their goodbyes properly. Since...

The Importance of Honoring Your Loved One’s Funeral Wishes

When you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, it can be extremely difficult to handle all the grief and sorrow that you are feeling. You also need to organize the funeral service and make sure...

Life Choices To Put On Hold If You’re Grieving

When you’re grieving the death of a loved one, you should never focus on making any big life choices. Most people don't realize the enormity of the emotional toll that the death of a family member ...

Ways To Celebrate The Birthday Of A Loved One Who Has Passed

When you lose a family member, dealing with sorrow and grief can be extremely challenging for a very long time. The happy moments that you have spent with that person will always keep coming back t...

How To Write A Condolence Letter

When people are unable to attend a funeral service or visit the grieving family personally to offer their condolences, they often write condolence letters. This is a good way to express your sympat...

How To Tell Someone A Loved One Has Died

When a loved one passes away, you may have to bear the responsibility of informing family and friends about the death. The manner in which you break this news to them is likely to remain with them ...

What if I Want an Unconventional Funeral Service?

Death is something that will come to every one of us, and dealing with it is an extremely personal matter. Traditionally, your family members decide on how the service will be conducted. The entire...

How To Write An Obituary Notice

When a death occurs in a family, a formal announcement is generally made in local publications to inform people about it. This obituary notice is a brief that mentions the date of passing, the fune...

Making Healthy Choices While Grieving

The death of a loved one naturally results in intense feelings of separation, loss, and grief. When you grieve the loss of your child, spouse, sibling, friend, or any family member, the intensity a...

Digital Life After Death - What You Need To Know

Digital life after death is a reality of modern life where the use of the internet has pervaded almost every aspect of life. There is curiosity to understand what digital life after death encompass...