A Funeral Service is an important part of the farewell process. a Funeral Service can be a burial or cremation or even a life memorial service.
No matter where it’s held, a funeral is a structured ceremony, with a beginning, middle and end. Each is intended to engage the living participants in activities which will transform their status within the community, provide mourners with a collective grieving experience, and celebrate a life lived. It’s a socially acceptable way for members of a community to reaffirm and express their social attachments.
Anthropologists label a funeral as a rite of passage, which affects everyone involved, including the deceased. His or her social status changes dramatically, from a living contributing member of the community to one whose contributions are in the past, and relegated to memory. But the status of each of the survivors– the immediate family most especially– has also changed. In fact, the funeral service can be the start of a defined period of mourning for bereaved family members, marking this transition in a uniquely identifiable way.
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