We understand that dealing with the loss of someone you love can be one of the hardest things you will ever experience. That’s why it’s so important to have the opportunity, time and support to grieve
Funerals play a very important role in helping us to cope with our grief.
They provide us with an opportunity to say our goodbyes; be with people who love and support us; and share memories of the one we have lost. We can do all that in God’s loving presence and be comforted there.
Research is very clear that participating in a funeral helps to counter the initial effects of grief like shock, numbness, and disbelief. Funerals underpin a necessary part of grieving, as they reinforce the reality that the death has actually happened.
Funerals provide a safe and appropriate place to show and share our feelings.
We need to allow our grief to surface. This sets the foundation for healthy grieving. The funeral allows us to be real about how we feel and can help us say…
“I love you.”
“I’m lonely without you.”
“I’ll always remember you.”
“You meant a lot to me.”
Funerals provide support, both for you and for those that attend.
They are a good time and place for people who cared about the person who died to be together to talk, support each other, reminisce and tell stories, pay their respects, say ‘farewell’ and to let you know that they care about you. It provides others with an opportunity to let you know they care and is a safe place for expressing their feelings.
Funerals are important events to commit our loved one to God.
As we remember what the person meant to us and celebrate a life well lived, we also entrust them to God’s loving care. We are comforted by the assurance that they are in His hands and at peace with Him.
The part of the funeral service called “the committal” is a significant moment. As the committal prayer is spoken out, we place the care and responsibility for eternal safekeeping of the person in God’s hands. There is real comfort and hope in the knowledge that whilst the loved one who died is not with us, they are now present with God, and we will be together one day again.
Living Hope Funerals is set up to help ensure that families celebrate their loved one’s life and say their farewells in a meaningful and hope-filled way. We work alongside the family to create a service that is a true reflection of the person and what they meant to everyone. This can be represented in different ways including very personal touches, such as favourite Bible verses, music, poetry, photographs, eulogies and favourite colours.
The funeral service that Living Hope Funerals can help you create will provide a meaningful, relevant, unique and special way to celebrate your loved one’s life and entrust them to God.