A typical celebration usually involves accolades about a specific event, a person['s achievements or t acknowledge a sense of unification between individuals.
A funeral is also a celebration, a celebration of a life that has been lived, allowing those affected by the loss of someone to remember and proclaim. This is a celebration that no one is necessarily invited to, but all are welcome to attend. The funeral provides a socially acceptable atmosphere to express one is grief and final farewell.
The Tradition of the visitation period begins with the reaffirmation of the reality and finality of death through visualization. When someone has passed away, one usually has difficulty accepting that the person they spoke with a few days before is no gone. The first comment usually said is, “I can't believe that he/she is gone!”
But by providing the opportunity to say goodbye and to actually view the deceased in the casket, we can effectively assist in the grief process by allowing the relocation of that person in one's mind to a place of remembrance and acceptance following their death. Secondly, after the embalming process is complete, the viewing of the deceased in their casket, dressed in their finest attire, can help relieve the pain and grief caused by the agony and suffering of a debilitating disease that left that person a fragment of their former self. A peaceful and lasting memory of the deceased would be more comforting when one is dealing with a loss.
The importance of the funeral can also be affirmed in allowing friends and co-workers the opportunity to show their support to the family as well as coping with the change themselves. The community is given a chance to publicly announce that the life that has now ended was one of importance, love and admiration. The service itself does not necessarily have to be of a religious nature. By telling stories of the deceased and playing specific songs for instance, a funeral can be designed to suit the needs and beliefs of the family and the deceased.
The funeral service works on the theory that joy shared is joy accelerated, grief shared is grief diminished. Therefore, the funeral can be seen as a catalyst that includes all the people affected by a loss and the bereaved can find comfort by their friends and family as they join them in The Celebration of a Life.
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John has been reporting on home health care and independent living for over ten years. In addition to extensive research, John writes on important issues from personal experience.