In life, there are many rituals or celebrations that mark or remember milestones in our lives.

Funerals are among these rituals – a time of remembrance, used by most cultures around the world to honour the life of a deceased person.

But why? Is there really a need for a funeral ceremony?

A funeral is a time when family and friends can gather, in a supportive environment, to share stories and remember their loved one. It is an important time for saying goodbye, and often people feel that they can’t move forward in the grieving process until the funeral ceremony is over. The ceremony gives reality to the fact that the loved one has passed away. It can bring closure, while honouring the loved one in an appropriate way. It is a time for saying ‘this life mattered - this person made an impact on us”. Saying goodbye is an important part of the grieving process. It is a time to begin accepting the loss, letting go and being able to move forward.