Society has established ceremonies to recognize high points, and low points, of our lives: baptism, bar mitzvah, graduation, marriage, anniversaries, retirement parties, and funerals. A funeral service, memorial service, or a celebration of life all serve to facilitate the process of healing after the loss of a loved one. As hard as this process may be, it brings together the friends and family we need to help us mourn and grieve and share our loss and feelings.
Viewing is a recommended option when dealing with death. With a sudden death, viewing reaffirms the death itself. In the case of a prolonged death, viewing brings comfort by establishing that the pain and suffering are over and the person is at peace. It is the beginning of the process often referred to as ‘closure’. Our services range from the traditional to the non-traditional. We are not afraid to be different. We are willing to explore what each and every family may want. No request is unreasonable for us to consider.
Funerals offer a time and place for people to gather and support one another. The gathering of family and friends allows each participant to grieve in their own way and helps us to recognize that others are suffering along with us. We invariably learn more about our loved one as we share our sadness and our joy in the celebration of the life well-lived.