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

Meaningful Gift Ideas For Someone Who Has Recently Lost Someone

Companionship, affection, and presence are some of the most valuable gifts that you can give a grieving friend. If their loved one has recently passed away, you may support them by being present fo...

5 Interesting Facts About Cremation

Today, cremation is becoming quite common and many people prefer it to conventional burial. People across various faiths and religions have begun showing an interest in the cremation process. They ...

What is The Philosophy of Hospice Care?

Hospices offer end-of-life care to patients, making the person’s last moments comfortable and peaceful. This can help the patient accept their impending death with as little stress as possible. Man...

What Are Military Honors?

By law, military funeral honors for all eligible veterans are free of charge. We at Gallagher Funeral Home provide these services, but we have seen that many people are not aware of what military h...

How A Celebrant Helps A Family Heal

Those dealing with the death of a family member can find it very stressful and traumatic to deal with the situation. While planning a memorial service can be very challenging, keeping your feelings...

Do Women Serve As Pall Bearers At A Funeral?

At Gallagher Funeral Home, we sometimes have some clients asking us whether women can be pallbearers. This question is not an unusual one. In most instances, men are pallbearers, so it seems like t...

Cremation: The Advantages and Disadvantages

Every person will pass away some time, and we all know this. Despite this, people do not discuss topics related to death very openly. However, things are now changing and people want to know more a...

Helping Yourself Heal From Loss

It isn’t easy to recover from the loss of a loved one. Many people are hard on themselves, especially if they have been grieving for a very long time. They believe that people around them might los...

The Importance Of A Cemetery To Our Community

People have been building cemeteries for hundreds of years, and these spaces are integral to many communities. The way they are portrayed by the media makes them seem like dark places. However, the...

Easy Ways to Personalize a Funeral Service on a Budget

A funeral can be a costly affair and sometimes, families struggle to meet these costs. If you want to plan a personalized funeral service without spending significant amounts of money on it, here a...