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THE IMPORTANCE OF FUNERAL SERVICES

Funerals are an integral part of the grieving process. Funerals provide structure and support to assist people through the initial mourning period, they provide a time for honor, remembrance and affirmation and they allow for a search for meaning within the context of each person's religious or philosophical values.

Although people have different coping mechanisms to deal with their grief, the vast majority feel that attending a funeral is important both to show support for the family and to help them in the grieving process.

Services are meaningful since grief experts tell us that the only way to move forward after experiencing the death of a loved one is to face one's emotions and deal with them head on. A funeral allows people to face their pain while surrounded by people who care about them. It provides an opportunity for an individual to say a final good-bye to the deceased.

Mourning is the open expression of thoughts and feelings regarding the death of a person who has died. It is an essential part of healing which can be frightening, painful, overwhelming, and lonely. Funeral services assist in the open expression of these feelings.

PERSONALIZING THE FUNERAL PROCESS

To many people, the word funeral conjures up images of organ music, religious services and overwhelming sadness. This perception however, is not necessarily an accurate one. Funeral services today are changing as people are personalizing services to become a celebration of life, as well as an expression of sadness and grief.

By creating a focus on a person's life, the whole experience is positive and one in which both laughter and tears are mixed. Funeral services allow people who have dealt with long-term illness a chance to honor and pay tribute to a loved one who has suffered.

Some ways in which people are personalizing funeral services include:

Making a funeral a "celebration of life". Good memories are something everyone feels comfortable discussing and they bring some happiness into a very difficult time. Personal photos and emblems give people something tangible to remember and they aid in bringing back joyful, happy memories.

The traditions of mourning are always evolving as society evolves and the trend toward the personalization of funeral services grow in acceptance and it assists in the healing process as a positive, affirming action. People are celebrating the life that touched them and this can give great comfort to those grieving a loss. Funeral services create an atmosphere of friendship and openness which encourages people to talk, laugh, cry, and share - all very important steps in moving on.

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The Rev. Dr. Phil Johnson, a United Church of Canada minister states: A Funeral should not be a matter of impressing, but of expressing, and Funeral Directors would agree with this statement. Funerals are a personal expression which should be tailored to meet the needs of all concerned.

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