It is important to recognize that funerals are for the living -- for those who have lost 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. A funeral is a rite of passage by which we recognize an important event that distinguishes our lives. Regardless of the final disposition, whether it is burial or cremation, funerals serve a purpose. It declares that a death has occurred and commemorates the life that has been lived. It offers family and friends the opportunity to pay tribute to their loved one. This in turn helps provide emotional support to the family and friends who have to face the reality of death and take the first step toward a healthy emotional adjustment.