What is the purpose of a funeral?
Funerals provide family members and friends with a caring and supportive environment and are the first step in the healing process. They are a time to recognise the death of a loved one and to share thoughts and feelings about that person. The ritual of attending a funeral service provides many benefits including:
- Providing a social support system for the bereaved
- Helping the bereaved understand death is final and that death is part of life
- Integrating the bereaved back into the community
- Easing the transition to a new life after the death of a loved one
- Providing a safe haven for embracing and expressing pain
- Reaffirming one's relationship with the person who has died
- Providing a time to say goodbye
As well-established funeral directors, Divinity Funerals Pty Ltd can help you to create a social gathering to honour the memory of the deceased and choose a funeral that’s right for you and the individual.
I've never arranged a funeral before. What do I need to know?
At some time in our lives, most of us will make, or assist in making, funeral arrangements. This will not be an easy time, but we offer these tips for planning:
- Be an informed consumer and ask questions
- Choose an independent funeral home and a licensed funeral director
- Discuss all service and payment options during the funeral arrangements
- Make sure you receive a copy of the funeral home's general price list
- Be prepared, make decisions and organise details in advance
- Plan a personalised and meaningful ceremony to help you begin healing
What do funeral directors do?
Funeral directors are caregivers and administrators. They make the arrangements for the transportation of the deceased, complete all necessary paperwork and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the deceased.
Not only are funeral directors listeners, advisors and supporters, they also have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with death. Experienced funeral directors are trained to answer questions about grief, recognise when a person is having difficulty coping, and recommend sources of professional help. To ensure you’re never alone throughout the grieving process, funeral directors also link family and friends with support groups at the funeral home or in the community.
What types of funeral services exist?
Every family is different, and not everyone wants the same type of funeral. There is no wrong or right funeral service. Funeral practices are influenced by religious and cultural traditions and by costs and personal preferences. These factors help determine whether the funeral will be elaborate or simple, public or private, religious or secular, and where it will be held. They also influence whether the body will be present at the funeral, if there will be a viewing or visitation, and if so, whether the casket will be open or closed and whether the remains will be buried or cremated.
Why have a public viewing?
Viewing is part of many cultural and ethnic traditions. Many grief specialists believe that viewing aids the grieving process by helping the bereaved recognise the reality of death. Viewing is encouraged for children as long as the process is explained and the activity is voluntary.