Reason's for having a Funeral

The Importance of Funeral Ceremony Rituals


Rituals are symbolic experiences that help us, together with our families and friends, express our deepest thoughts and feelings about life’s most important events. For example, birthday parties honour the passing of another year in life. Weddings publicly affirm the private love shared by two people.

What do all rituals have in common?

  • Rituals Unite Us
    Typically public events, families, friends, church members, villages, even nations create and enact rituals. It’s a way of providing a support system for common beliefs and values.

  • Rituals Help Us Feel at Ease
    Most rituals follow an established, specific procedure. The details will change, but the general pattern remains recognizable. The predictability of rituals helps participants feel at ease.

  • Rituals Help Us Express Our Feelings
    The symbol of ritual provides a means to express our beliefs and feelings when language alone will not do those beliefs and feelings justice. Wedding rings, christening gowns and gold watches all symbolize important life transitions and commitments. Not just the objects, but the very acts of ritual are symbolic as well.


Like all rituals, the funeral ritual, is a public, traditional and symbolic means of expressing our beliefs, thoughts and feelings about the death of someone loved.

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  • Transcendence
    Ultimately, a funeral service can help us embrace the wonder of life and death.

  • Meaning
    A funeral service can mark the significance of the life that was lived. They also help us find meaning and purpose in our continued living, even in the face of loss.

  • Expression
    A funeral service can allow us to express our inner thoughts and feelings about the life and the death.

  • Support
    A funeral service can bring together people who care about each other in an atmosphere of love and support.

  • Recall
    A funeral service can encourage us to remember the person who died and share our unique memories with others, creating hope for the future.

  • Reality
    A funeral service can help us begin to truly acknowledge the reality that someone in our life has died.