Losing a loved one can be an incredibly difficult experience. Planning a funeral service can seem like unnecessary added stress during this time. However, funeral homes and services can play a large role in the grieving process after the death of someone close to you.
Most funeral directors and funeral homes employees are trained to deal with grief and frequently deal with people who have lost loved ones. They try to make the process of planning a funeral service as easy and stress-free as possible for those in mourning. They also usually have a working knowing of grief and how it works, and are able to work with those who have recently experienced loss.
The steps of the grieving process are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Funeral directors and those working with people who have recently lost a loved one are trained to work with clients in every stage of the grieving process. While most are in the denial or anger phase of grief when they arrive at the funeral home, any one of those stages can appear at any time. Funeral homes are equipped to help those in need at any stage.
While funeral directors and staff can be helpful, not all are necessarily fully-trained in how to deal with grief. If this is the case, most funeral homes are more than willing to offer recommendations for professional grief counselors. Some funeral homes even have counselors on staff to work with clients. Additionally, more and more funeral homes are offering access to grief support groups. Some groups are led by funeral homes personnel, while others are held at the funeral home and facilitated by an outside professional counselor.
While arranging a funeral during this difficult time may not seem worth the hassle, funeral services have actually been proven to help people deal with and accept loss and cope with grief. When someone is going through the process of grieving, there are several emotional needs that person faces. These include: acknowledging death, moving toward the pain of loss, remembering the loved one who passed away, creating a new self-identity, finding meaning in the loss of this person, and receiving support from friends and family. These needs are almost guaranteed to go unmet without some sort of funeral service or end of life celebration.Ultimately, skipping out on a funeral can extend the amount of time one is faced with grief and delay the progression through the stages of grief.
While it may be difficult, it’s important to receive closure after the passing of a loved one. The start of this is to arrange a funeral service for the person and reach out to grief counselors or support groups if needed. If you’ve recently lost someone close to you, contact us today to get started on the process.