Funeral Options

The Purpose of Paying Tribute to the Life Lived

Funerals and memorial gatherings are tributes to the life lived and play an important role for those mourning the loss of a loved one. These tributes provide family members and friends a caring, supportive environment in which to share thoughts and feelings about the life of the loved one. All types of tribute options are available regardless of whether there will be a burial, entombment or cremation.

The Benefits of a Funeral Service

The attendance and/or participation in a funeral or memorial gathering provides many benefits including:

  • Providing a forum for family and friends to celebrate the life of their loved one
  • Providing a social support system for the bereaved
  • Helping the bereaved understand death is final and that death is part of life
  • Easing the transition to a new life after the death of a loved one
  • Providing a safe haven for embracing and expressing pain
  • Reaffirming one's relationship with the person who died
  • Providing a time to say goodbye

Reprinted with the permission of the National Funeral Directors Association, August 2008