The funeral ceremony:
We gather together to establish
the significance of a life. Instead of dismissing the whole funeral process
in an effort to escape the reality of death, we should work to make the
funeral as meaningful and healing as possible. It is impossible to progress
through grief without first facing the fact of the loss.
It is important to recognize
that funerals are for the living ... for those who will suffer the trauma
of losing a loved one. It is through the funeral process that a number
of emotional needs are met for those who grieve.
A funeral is similar to other
ceremonies in our lives. Like a graduation ceremony, a wedding, a baptism,
a funeral is a rite of passage by which we recognize an important event
that distinguishes our lives. The funeral declares a death has occurred.
The funeral is the first
step in healing and has both psychological and social healing aspects.
It is often the initial
step toward separation from the deceased to the beginning of the grief
process and re-establishing a place in our community without the loved
The funeral ritual makes
the death a reality for those who are bereaved.
The ritual of viewing the
deceased may be seen by some as harsh and unnecessary and they may say
"I just want to remember him the way he was ...", however, it is a reality
and confirmation for the person grieving as to the finality of the loss,
thus allowing them to begin the healing process. Funerals are often a time
for remembering the deceased, and telling stories or memories, as well
as rituals to help in the psychological healing. The funeral allows for
the community to support the mourners, and gives structured time and interaction
with members other than the family. Attending the funeral allows us to
deal with the loss, say goodbye, and reaffirms the importance of living.
FUNERAL CELEBRANTS are becoming
a popular choice in Canada.
What is a Certified
A Funeral Celebrant is trained
and certified to provide a funeral, memorial or celebration of life service
that is highly personalized to reflect the personality, lifestyle and beliefs
of the person who died. Celebrants encourage participation by family and
friends in helping to create a meaningful ceremony. The Celebrant then
writes and facilitates the ceremony for you.
Why Have A Funeral
A growing number of individuals
call themselves non-religious and do not participate within a faith community.
Also, many people follow a strong 'spiritual' path but are not necessarily
'religious'. For both groups, when someone they love dies, they are often
unclear about how to design a tribute that is fitting. Friends and family
often want to particpate in the creation and presentation of personalized
gathering, but may be uncomfortable or unable to speak publicly about death
the the loss of a loved one. Funeral Celebrants support the individual
or family decision to present a spiritual and/or non-religious gathering.
How Do I Arrange For
the Services of A Certified Celebrant?
You may contact a Certified
Celebrant directly, or ask your chosen funeral home to refere you to the
Certified Funeral Celebrants in your area. For more information regarding
Celebrants and the services they offer, see www.funeral-celebrant.com
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