“I also want an event where my sadness, my hurt, my loss are named and acknowledged. I want to be with other people who are hurting as much as I, and aren’t afraid to acknowledge it. I want to put my arms around them, and feel the warmth of their arms around me. I want to hear sonorous, majestic music that comforts and consoles. I want to hear words that bear the strength of tradition and the promise of hope.”
*Columnist Ken Gallinger, from the Toronto Star, March 29, 2014. *
Why is a funeral necessary?
While none of us want to face the death of those we love, our losses are inevitable. Funeral rituals are timeless, and the human species over the millennia has dealt with death by some sacred and meaningful handling of the bodies of those who matter. A funeral is our innate response of not only how to care for and dispose of a body but how to derive meaning, answers and how to go forward in the absence of those we love. We hope the resources below from Selected Independent Funeral Homes provide a vital perspective on rituals and what can result constructively from ceremonies that are well thought out and purposeful.
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