The Importance of Funerals for Families

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While they are widely considered to be sad and difficult, funeral services are actually a very important ceremony for the surviving loved ones of the deceased. Not only does it fill an important role in the mourning process, but it provides a caring and supportive place for all to share their feelings about the death. Read this article for a closer look at how funerals help loved ones heal and move forward.

A Supportive Environment

A funeral ceremony provides a system of social support for the family and loved ones of the deceased. It gives them a chance to connect with visitors attending the funeral to show their support and also seeking closure. For loved ones who were recently made widows or widowers following the death, funeral services provide a time to adjust to a new social role within a support system of friends and family. This helps the bereaved integrate back into the community, and eases the transition to a new life following the passing of a loved one.

The Reality of Death

Following the death of a loved one, it can be very difficult to accept that their passing has actually happened. One of the most important roles of a funeral is to help families grasp the difficult reality that their loved one has passed. Fortunately, for many families, there is no better place in which to have such a realization—in the presence of a supportive community of family and friends of the deceased.

Embracing and Expressing Pain

It can be very challenging and uncomfortable to experience and express pain, but doing so is an important component of the healing and grieving process. A funeral ceremony provides the unique opportunity for families, friends, and visitors to openly embrace and express pain.

If you are planning a funeral or cremation ceremony, contact Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park of San Mateo. Visit our website to see our peaceful location in the Monterra Mountain Range, and call us at (650) 349-4411 for more information about our funeral home.

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