A Funeral is for the Living
A funeral provides the setting and opportunity to celebrate a life that has been lived. When a loved one dies, it is always a difficult time. Emotions run high. We may feel anger, confusion, sadness, or we may even feel emotionally numb. It is often difficult to know what to say or how to begin to deal with our loss or how to say good-bye.
The funeral service is a way to bring caring people together — to lend support and to help each other through this difficult time. Helping family and friends work through some of these difficulties is what a funeral service provides. Nothing can fill the emptiness when a loved one is gone, but the healing begins sooner with the support of our friends.
Whenever we lose someone close to us, we feel grief. Grief can be very painful. It can be consuming. A funeral allows mourners to express their grief, and to share it with each other. It stimulates conversation about the deceased, which is an important first step toward accepting the death. Without this opportunity, many people have experienced much more difficulty resolving their grief.
The reality of death needs to be accepted not only on an intellectual basis, but on an emotional level as well. This is the foundation for funerals that are preceded by an open-casket visitation. Research has shown that this process has a marked effect on the grieving process and helps the healing begin.
Funeral costs are determined by many factors, most of which are controlled by the selections of the family. Basic costs to the funeral home owner — mortgage or rent, taxes, maintenance, staff salaries, supplies, administrative costs, merchandise — are reflected in today’s funeral price.
The family has many options for services and merchandise that can provide nearly any level of funeral service they desire. Prices of caskets and vaults vary with their material and quality of construction. Many choices are offered in several price ranges, and the funeral professional is dedicated to respecting the family’s wishes and helping them make an informed decision.
There are virtually unlimited choices available, and each family has the opportunity to select whatever they believe is appropriate for them.
Whatever their choices, the funeral director will provide the same quality, caring service, attention to their needs, and to the details of their service.
Responding to Changes
Changes take place in any business, and funeral service is no exception. Today, your funeral director finds himself answering many questions about what options are available. Many families have expressed a desire to make their funeral arrangements in advance. This allows them to discuss their wishes with their family and to make important choices at a time that is much less stressful.
Your funeral director will be glad to discuss any aspects of funeral service with you at any time. Your comments and questions are always invited and encouraged.