Funeral homes provide a variety of services, which can include visitations, viewings, memorial services, pre-planning, and much more. The most important service a funeral home provides is creating a gathering space for families and friends to lend support to each other.
Everyone grieves in their own way and it is widely known that having a strong support system is key. The funeral home staff is dedicated to helping the family and friends of the deceased to begin healing after a loss.
Funeral Gatherings Play Multiple Roles
A funeral gathering centered around the loss of a loved one is an opportunity to address the loss and strengthen relationships. This is where important conversations about the loss can take place. The funeral gathering can be the first step towards healing with the support of family and friends.
The lack of a funeral gathering may unintentionally damage relationships. The inability to address the loss during a funeral gathering contributes to the family being faced with talking about the death at times and places that they can’t control — at work, school, or even the grocery store. Or worse, because of the uncomfortable nature of addressing death outside of a formal gathering, some might avoid the topic or the individual all together in an attempt to spare their feelings. This could make the individual feel isolated at a time they may need to connect, or it could unintentionally drive wedges into relationships.
Deepen Connections With People
Funeral gatherings naturally create deeper connections and help loved ones form their emotional support team. These connections and important conversations shouldn’t end after the services. They are opportunities to connect and remember the loved one long after the funeral ends, such as holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries. So keep the conversation going, pick up the phone, and grab a cup of coffee. Staying engaged in meaningful activities can be therapeutic and will go a long way for a grieving family member.
Dealing with grief and loss is not easy, and remember, you aren’t alone. Share your story in the comments section.