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. 

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