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Funerals

Funerals: The Personal Memorial


Today the funeral is broadly defined. It can be a strictly religious observance, or it can be a simple gathering of friends to informally share remembrances. The modern funeral can take many forms that bring great meaning to the experience. We are no longer constrained by a narrow definition.

Funerals or memorial services can be held in a variety of places, such as churches, auditoriums, local restaurants, a private club, or the family home. No matter where they are held, they serve a common purpose. Funerals can help to:

  • Confront a painful loss in a healthy way.
  • Share the burden of grief and receive support from family and friends.
  • Acknowledge that the life of the deceased had purpose and meaning.
  • Say good-bye.
  • Prepare to move forward through the grief process and on to a healthy life.

At Beck's Tribute Center we are committed to helping you make the choices that feel right for you. We'll do our best to be helpful and understanding of your personal needs. We'll carefully explain the choices you have available, and we'll see that your wishes are carried out.

Remember, funerals are about healing and health.

Why have a Funeral? Funerals as a cultural ritual contribute greatly to processing the pain of loss and help us move through the denial stage of the grieving process. A funeral is an undeniable acknowledgement that a death has occurred. In fact, not attending the funeral of a loved one because we wish to deny the death, or can't deal with the pain of acceptance can cause emotional trouble later on. Unresolved grief doesn't just go away.

A funeral provides a place to experience the care and comfort of family and friends, to know we are not alone in our sorrow, and that our feelings of loss are shared by others. Funerals provide a symbolic opportunity to say good-bye to someone who was important to us, to mark the transition that bridges the person being physically in our lives to the person being remembered spiritually in our hearts.

The actual form of the funeral has changed over time as our culture has evolved. It is no longer thought of as a dark and somber affair, but rather an event which reflects the customs, lifestyle and values of the person being remembered. It can take any form from a strictly religious observance to an informal celebration of a unique and well-lived life.

Your Beck's funeral director will help you in selecting the type of funeral service which best suits your emotional as well as your financial needs.

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