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Traditional Funerals

How a body will be cared for after a death is an important decision. Today, most people in America are buried or entombed (which means the body is “buried” in an above ground monument such as a mausoleum). People select burial based on a number of factors including the desire to keep with tradition or, in some cases, for religious or cultural reasons.

For thousands of years, funerals have been a means of expressing our beliefs, thoughts and feelings about the death of someone we love.

The Funeral Ceremony:

  • Helps us acknowledge that someone we love has died.
  • Allows us to say goodbye.
  • Provides a social support system for us and other friends and family members.
  • Allows us to contemplate the meaning of life and death.
  • Offers continuity and hope for the living.
  • Meaningful funeral ceremonies are rites of passage.


A funeral service helps us move from life before a death to life after a death. The funeral also provides a safe place to affirm the worth of our relationship with the person who died and express our feelings of loss. Another way to think of the funeral is as a final tribute to the person who died.