Six Reasons Why Funerals are an Important Part of the Grieving Process

By: VGFS
Monday, January 24, 2022

When we lose someone we love, we experience grief.

The process is different for everyone and there are many ways to work through it. Some people find it helpful to talk to friends or a therapist, some meditate, some journal their feelings, and others find support through bereavement groups. One practice that is common around the world is the funeral or memorial service. For thousands of years, people have held these rituals to honor the departed and lay them to rest, but they also play an important role in the grief process.

Here are six ways funeral services can help those left behind through their bereavement journey.

1. Celebrates the life of beloved friends or family members

Funerals offer the opportunity to honor the person who passed away and remember all of the qualities that made them so special. Whether you choose to have a traditional funeral service with visitation and burial or an informal celebration of life event, the focus is on paying tribute to the departed.

2. Acknowledges the loss

Sometimes the loss of a loved one can seem surreal, especially if it was unexpected or tragic. Funerals signify the end of life and help those affected to move forward in their grief process. They can also support the realization that the departed may be physically gone but the love and fond memories surrounding them will always remain.

3. Provides stability

Funeral services are filled with tradition and meaningful rituals. They can deliver a much-needed sense of structure and comfort amid a period of chaos, uncertainty, and challenging emotions.

4. Brings a sense of closure

Funerals are a way to give a loved one a final goodbye. While they can help to bring healing and closure for everyone touched by the loss, they can be especially meaningful for those who were not with the departed when they passed.

5.  Delivers comfort and support

Family and friends gather at the funeral or memorial service to help one another through a difficult time. Through this outpouring of concern and sympathy, people realize that they are not alone in their grief and that they have a robust support system at their disposal.

6.  Provides a spiritual component

Funerals are great sources of comfort to those who are deeply religious or spiritual. Even for people who are not particularly devout or don’t have a set belief system, the rituals and sacred ceremonies of funeral services can bring a sense of peace and serenity.

Many people find funerals to be comforting, helping them find closure and celebrate the life of the departed. If you have questions or need to make funeral arrangements, the compassionate professionals at Vaughn Greene Funeral Services are here to assist you. Please contact us anytime. 

About Vaughn Greene Funeral Services: For more than 20 years, Vaughn Greene Funeral Services has been providing a ministry of care to Baltimore’s African American community. As a leading local, minority- and family-owned provider, we promise to provide our highest level of service and respect to families who entrust us to honor their loved ones. For more information, please call us at 410.655.0015 or visit us online at https://vaughncgreene.com/.

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