When words are not enough, rituals are there to help. Rituals are representational acts for expressing the thoughts and feelings of families and friends about life’s meaningful events. One of those events is the birth of a child that is celebrated with a ritual of baptism. There is also the love between two people which is affirmed with a wedding. In the case of death, a funeral helps the bereaved family cope with their feelings of loss.
A funeral ritual is a way of traditionally and symbolically held as a way to prepare everyone for the burial of their departed loved one. Their usual routines are put on hold while they spend time with the remains of their loved one. Family and friends get together to mourn and remember the deceased.
It is a ceremony that helps family and friends to recognize the death of someone they love as something real. It is also for remembering the life of the person who died, for saying farewell, for encouraging the expression of grief according to the traditional values of a culture, for providing support to those are mourning, for reflecting on the meaning of life and death, and for offering hope for continuing life.
Funerals are rituals that date back to more than a hundred thousand years ago. There are various practices in these rituals depending on the beliefs and traditions of the family. There are those who avoid talking about these rituals and the topic of death in general. These rituals, however, are considered to be an essential part of moving on both for the soul of the deceased and for the grieving family and friends.
Attending a service could give a safe place for expressing thoughts and feelings. It provides a time for family and friends to reflect and reminisce. It gives a time for them to honor a life well-lived. It is also an opportunity to finally give their goodbye to the body of their loved one. And by being together in a service, a system of support is created for those who are grieving.
There are three types of funerals that should be given attention to. It is for knowing what is suitable for the mourning people. Choosing the right type might not make things easier for them, but it will help in not complicating things.
The first type is the traditional funeral that is made up of three parts. One is the visitation or the viewing, which is typically held at a memorial home before the service. The service is another that could be held at a chapel or church. The last part is the committal service which would be held at the cemetery. But any of those three parts could be made or be left out according to what will suit the family. Even though the name of this type suggest otherwise, there are no customs or rules to be followed when this is being planned.
A graveside service is the second type. It is a smaller and simpler event, which is held at the graveside instead of a chapel or church. There is also a visitation that is typically held at a memorial home on the night preceding the graveside funeral service.
The third and last type is the immediate burial. This type is the smallest and simplest type. It is actually the minimum service for a burial. There would be no services or visitation. Only a burial would be planned for the deceased.
A funeral is a ritual for a loved one’s death, but it is actually for those who are still living. It is not intended to make them move on fast, but it is for making them mourn properly.