We understand the importance of Memories.
Having a funeral service is helpful because it provides an opportunity to bring old memories together and
the opportunity to make new ones. Often a momentous time during the funeral ceremony is the
compilation and sharing of stories that give insight into the life of the person who has died. Apart from the
summary of where they were born, lived, went to school, worked and the like, this life story (sometime called a
‘eulogy’) will often include stories that give insights into their character. Sharing this information provides us
as family and loved ones some “memory pegs” on which to hang our reminiscences of the privilege of knowing them. It
is also our chance to say to others who did not know them well, “See, he (or she) was one of the best!” After all,
everybody is somebody’s hero. In addition, a funeral is a time to create new memories. The warmth and dignity of a
meaningful funeral with loving and honest tributes is a powerful medicine to help heal the real pain of
This has even greater significance when death has come suddenly or unexpectedly, or we
have not seen our loved one for a long time. Simply getting together with family and friends, experiencing the
funeral, seeing the chapel, the casket, the flowers, hearing the words, thinking our thoughts and feeling the
emotions can create a special “final moments” movie in our minds.
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