We have had funerals since the beginning of time. No matter which culture you research, you will find evidence of funeral rites and traditions. Although we have seen a rise in direct cremation, due in part to the Covid pandemic, the human need to acknowledge a life and process a death still remains. 

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The funeral is not about closure

The funeral is not about closure. It’s not about “getting over” your grief. It’s about starting to grieve.  A meaningful funeral gives people the opportunity to confront their emotions and begin the grief journey on the right foot. The funeral ceremony reflects the life of the one who has died and touches the hearts of those who mourn. And because the ceremony is meaningful, because it is personal, mourners experience healing. 

Out of the funeral, they start their own individual grief journey, which may take weeks, months, or even years, depending on the degree of loss. But it all starts with a healing and meaningful funeral or memorial service.

Funerals begin the grief journey

According to nationally-respected grief expert and counselor Dr. Alan Wolfelt, we don’t get over our grief, but in time, we become reconciled to it. He says, “Your feeling[s] of loss will not completely disappear, yet they will soften, and the intense pangs of grief will become less frequent.  Hope for a continued life will emerge as you are able to make commitments to the future, realizing that the person who died will never be forgotten, yet knowing that your life can and will move forward.

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