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Funerals fill a very important role for those mourning the loss of a loved one. By providing surviving family members and friends with a caring, supportive environment in which to share thoughts and feelings about the death, funerals are the first step in the healing process and the ritual of attending a funeral provides many benefits including:

  • Providing a social support system for the bereaved
  • Helping the bereaved understand that death is final and also part of life
  • Integrating the bereaved back into the community
  • Easing the transition to a new life after the death of a loved one
  • Providing a safe haven for expressing pain
  • Reaffirming one's relationship with the person who has died
  • Provides a time to say goodbye
  • The importance of the funeral ritual is to provide a social gathering to help the bereaved begin the healing process.