Do I need to plan a funeral service?

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When someone we love passes away, a funeral service is a way to celebrate and honor their life. A funeral service also allows us to feel the support of family, friends and the community in our time of loss.

There are many benefits to holding these types of ceremonies. A funeral service can help us find a sense of closure after the passing of somebody close to us. Typical services incorporate stories of a person’s life and often prayers or readings that allow us to reflect on the meaning of life and death. This process, while often somber, may give attendees an important chance to accept the finality of a loss.

Sharing stories about the lives of those who have passed can be an important step in grieving. A funeral service provides the opportunity for reflection about how grateful we are for having known somebody who was dear to us, and we can provide new layers of remembrance to other mourners.

Healthy grieving is a process that shouldn’t be overlooked. Funeral services may be an extremely beneficial part of this process, in that they help provide closure and community support. When we are surrounded by people who were also touched by the person whose loss we are grieving, we often feel less alone, and we can verbalize our feelings in an understanding venue.

Losing a loved one is difficult enough, but the thought of planning someone’s funeral without knowing their wishes can add additional stress and anxiety. We’ve created a “Helpful Guide for My Loved Ones” that will give your family the information they need when the time comes. Still have questions? One of our helpful preplanning associates can walk you through the process. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to organize important documents and final requests, giving your family a clear plan to follow.


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