Since the beginning of the human race, different cultures and civilisations have committed to honouring and caring for the deceased, beginning with a type of ceremony or funeral service.
There is a reason this tradition has continued over the years, and it’s about so much more than honouring a life.
However, in the last decade, there has been a growing trend of families and loved ones moving in a different direction, the negative effects of which are coming to the fore in the weeks, months and years following.
Grief is a complex, albeit natural response to loss, and it’s a process that we need to explore and acknowledge in order to move on. We need to mourn in order to heal and there is no better place to begin your healing than saying goodbye to loved ones at their funeral service.
Funerals are an important rite of passage in our journey of life, not just for the people we are saying goodbye to, but for those of us who are left behind. It is the only chance we get to officially say goodbye to someone who has played a big role in our lives. It’s an open acknowledgement of passing, a celebration of life, a chance to mourn together but also the first step in the healing process.