Coffins and caskets are available in a range of materials that are suitable for both burial and cremation.
Today coffins can be personalised with images of your loved one, or images of their favourite hobbies or interests.
Music is an important part of many social rituals. One of the purposes of music is to help us access our feelings, both happy and sad.
During the funeral ceremony, music helps us think about our loss and embrace our painful feelings of grief. Music that has personal meaning to you or the person who died expresses what words alone could never say.
Poems, spiritual or religious verses, and passengers from meaningful texts offer words or comfort and support.
They eloquently capture our beliefs and feelings.
Also called the homily or tribute, the eulogy recalls and celebrates the life story of the person who died. It gives voice to our inner thoughts and feelings about your loved one and helps us begin to embrace the meaning of this unique life.
This is the time to give thanks for a person’s unique life an to honour his or her memory. This is not the time to bring up painful or difficult memories but to emphasize the good we can find in people.
Objects such as displayed belongings of your loved one, crosses and other religious items, candles, and flowers give concrete form to our search for meaning in life and death.
Funerals give friends and family memebers the opportunity to do something with their thoughts and feelings, such as lighting a candle, placing flowers on the coffin or casket, or offering a handshake or hug.
Joining the procesison to the cemetry and attending the graveside comittal service are meaningful actions for mourners.
A viewing provides family and friends with a chance to express personal thoughts, talk to the deceased and maybe just hold their hand. For some, it can be a time to deal with anything unfinished.
If the deceased struggled in life or suffered from a long-term or devastating illness, a viewing can assure family and friends that the person is now at peace.
A viewing can also help some people move through their grieving process. It allows families to really acknowledge that the person has died, so they can come to terms with the reality and finality of death.
A viewing can be particularly beneficial if the death was sudden or unexpected.
After the funeral, it can be nice for friends and family members to gather and share memories, express what’s on their minds and in their hearts, and support one another.
Bonds are strengthened, and mourners return home with a sense of community and love.