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The 5 W’s of a Funeral:

Who, What, When, Where, and Why

Immediate family, extended family, friends, neighbors and other people from the community. These people come to pay their respects and offer support for the deceased person’s family. Funerals can also be very private, where only a few people attend.

A funeral is a ceremony or group of ceremonies held in connection with a viewing, burial, or cremation for a deceased person. Funerals allow us to acknowledge that someone we love has died. By having a funeral or participating in a funeral, it not only allows a chance for loved ones and friends to say goodbye, but also gives them the opportunity to receive emotional support from one another. Family and friends can take this time to relate to each other at a more personal level and find shared strength.

The time between death and a funeral is about 2 to 5 days, but some may take as long as 2 weeks. Some religions require the deceased to be buried or cremated as soon as possible, so these funerals happen faster. In certain cases, a death may require further investigation from the Medical Examiner, which can postpone funeral plans by five to six days, or more. If there are people who are planning to come to the funeral who live far away, or even abroad, it’s a good idea to let them know as far in advance as possible so that they can make travel arrangements.

Funerals are usually held in funeral homes, religious places of worship, cemetery chapels, or at the gravesite. These locations are generally best suited and equipped to handle the funeral service and its logistics, and anything special that’s planned for the deceased person, such as military honors, dove or butterfly releases, or spiritual/family customs.

Funerals offer continuity and hope for the living and allow us to reflect on the meaning of life and death which is why custom funeral options are helpful. While sad, death is just as normal in life as the joyous occasion of a baby being born into this world. When death occurs, it may be tragic and sudden, take place after a long illness, or happen naturally after a person has lived a long, happy life. A Funeral helps the living honor their deceased loved one and often provide an outlet of love for that person. Funerals may help people receive closure in the relationship with the one who has passed but it does not mean the deceased is forgotten. They continue to live on in the hearts, mind, and soul of the people they’ve touched over the course their life.