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Hierarchy of the Purpose of Funerals

Funerals have been with us since the beginning of human history because they help us move from life before death to life after death. Roll over the titles below to learn more about how funerals help begin the healing process.

Ultimately, funerals help us embrace the wonder of life and death.
Funerals mark the significance of the life that was lived. They also help us find meaning and purpose in our continued living, even in the face of loss.
Funerals allow us to express our inner thoughts and feelings about the life and the death.
Funerals bring together people who care about each other in an atmosphere of love and support.
Funerals encourage us to remember the person who died and share our unique memories with others, creating hope for the future.
Funerals help us begin to truly acknowledge the reality that someone in our life has died.

Source: Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., C.T.