How Does a Funeral Help in the Grieving Process

By: Ian Elliott
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Funerals are a service that helps family and friends of the deceased express their love towards the life that they shared.  It is a tradition that is dated back thousands of years ago, based on the foundation of rituals and family personalization’s.  Funerals are able to help people move forward as we openly acknowledge the reality of the death and move forward in the grieving process.  The funeral is a way for us to memorialize the journey of our loved one, bringing together a community to heal each other through the process. A funeral is a ceremony to represent an end of a life, but also a life shared with many people.  When family and friends come together and reminisce on the memories they had, it helps you move through the steps of grief.

 

First steps of the Eulogy

It has been proven, that creative writing or writing in general is a great way to release emotions and to help people overcome trauma or grief.  It is the same situation when people write a eulogy prior to the funeral.  When you are beginning to write the eulogy, you have a chance to reflect on all the positive memories and character traits that the deceased had, it helps bring an influx of positive memories.  

 

Religion

For many people, funeral services are dated back to rituals and beliefs. For many religions, there is the belief of an afterlife, which provides comfort that your loved one is continuing on in their journey.  Hymns, psalms and the sermon or homily offer comforting words to help you cope with this difficult time.   

 

Support in Others

This final point is sometimes the most important to help you move through the grieving process.  Funerals are a time where people come together and celebrate the life of the deceased.  Everyone in that room is experiencing some form of grief.   Share your fondest memories or even a funny story about the deceased to those around you, and being able to listen to other’s memories will help you remember the good times you shared with them.  Even being able to be a good listener to someone that is also struggling will help you through the grieving process.  Use that common grieving to help you get through your own grief.

 

If you have any further questions on the topic, please contact us at Arbutus Funeral Service.

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

Do Some Women Serve As Pall Bearers At A Funeral?

Conventionally, you will see men as pallbearers. However, women can also serve as pallbearers at a funeral. It depends on who volunteers for it and whether all the family members are on board with ...

4 Unique Funeral and Burial Customs around the World

When it comes to burials and related rituals, each community has certain practices, some of which are centuries old. We at Arbutus Funeral Service are a credible and well-established funeral home t...

Should Your Child Attend a Funeral?

Most parents prefer not to expose their children to the unpleasant realities of life, such as death and funerals. They fear that they will upset or stress their children in some way. However, many ...

Irrevocable Pre-Need Arrangements

A pre-need arrangement or funeral services package is essentially a pre-paid agreement between an individual and a funeral home like us at Arbutus Funeral Service. It contains details of all the fu...

The Importance Of A Funeral Procession

Long rows of slow-moving vehicles, enormous crowds, and renowned individuals come to mind when thinking about funeral processions. However, many people follow this practice during a conventional fu...

Meaningful Gift Ideas for Someone Who Has Recently Lost Someone

Some of the greatest gifts you can offer a mourning friend are your companionship, love, and presence. If someone close to you has recently lost a loved one, you can assist them by being present&nb...

How to Write a Condolence Letter

People send condolence letters when they can't attend a funeral service or personally visit the mourning family to express their condolences. At Arbutus Funeral Service, we feel this is a...

How To Plan A Meaningful Memorial Service

When the family of the deceased gathers to pay their respects at a funeral service, it’s a way of showing respect. This activity serves as a source of consolation and solace for the mourners. A sea...

Creating New Family Traditions After A Loss

The death of a loved one can disrupt your family's structure. After the loss of a family member, small routines and traditions that formerly existed become painful. At Arbutus Funeral Service, we b...

A Complete Understanding of Funeral Pricing

Funerals can be expensive, particularly if you want personalized services. Many people don't know what's included in funeral costs. At Arbutus Funeral Service, we have seen that often they pic...