Funerals represent the need we have to express our feelings and beliefs about the death of someone we have known and loved. They are rites of passage from this world to the next.
The funeral ceremony helps us to say goodbye in a meaningful way which we can share with our family and friends. It provides us with the opportunity to reflect on and remember the life of the one who has passed away. It allows us to express our emotions and be heard by those who care. It strengthens our bonds of hope and support for each other.
Funerals are let us seek out our own feelings about life and death. Throughout the ages in every culture, funerals have symbolized this need in people.