Funerals have been a part of human history for thousands of years. But who is the funeral really for? In a practical sense, it is for the deceased as a way to remember a life lived and a practical part of the final disposition. But it is perhaps even more important and meaningful for those who are left behind.
The late German novelist and the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Thomas Mann once wrote, “A man’s dying is more the survivor’s affair than his own.”
Maybe you know someone who has said that when they die, they don’t want any fuss or anything fancy. They may say do this or that with their body, or don’t have a funeral for at all. Maybe you feel that way.
In our decades of experience, we have learned that the funeral and all that surrounds it is more for the survivors than the deceased. It is an opportunity to work through the grief process and to remember and honor the person they so loved.
While it is certainly important to honor the wishes of the deceased, it is equally if not more so important for those left behind to be able to rebuild their lives and keep the memory of their loved one alive. It is undeniable that there is healing power through a meaningful memorial service that honors a life lived.
To learn more about planning a funeral, give us a call at 1-888-204-3131 and one of our caring counselors can help answer any questions you may have.