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