According to available recorded history since the beginning of time, societies around the world have honored those who died with some type of ceremony. Early cultures are thought to have believed that funeral rituals sent the deceased on his or her journey into the afterlife.
Before the 12th century, most graves were unmarked unless the deceased held a higher class or social status. Prior to the twelfth century, graves, except for the upper class, were unmarked, and statuary was created only for someone of the highest social rank. Overtime perpetuating the memory of the deceased became increasingly important and identifying markers became the norm.
In current times, funeral ceremonies are held more for the family and loved ones who are left behind. A funeral or celebration of life memorial is a way for survivors to not only honor the life of their loved one, but also to gain a sort of closure. This closure is often helpful in the grief process as survivors deal with loss and recognize that a death has taken place.
Many times, the healing process cannot truly begin until a funeral or memorial ceremony has taken place. According to scientists, there is a basic human need to participate in rituals surrounding a death. Not only does it allow for healing, but it provides a way to connect with others in a state of bereavement while reminiscing about the dearly departed and what he or she meant.
It is common for companies and employers to offer bereavement leave to employees when a family or loved one passes away. The Internet also helps to connect people during times of mourning. Here at Gentry Griffey, we offer our online guest book so that friends and loved ones can send a note of condolence across the miles.
While the majority of people choose traditional in-ground burials, there is a growing number of individuals who wish to be cremated. No matter what you or your loved one wishes for end of life arrangements, our dedicated staff is happy to help you with pre-planning and making arrangements that suit your unique needs and wishes.
There are many ways to say goodbye to a friend or family member who has died. No matter what way you choose to do so, it is important to have the option so that an element of closure can take place and healing can begin. While the loss of a loved one never truly goes away, a funeral or memorial service is an important part of the process of acceptance and the healing journey.
Gentry Griffey has been offering families a source of comfort and peace of mind for more than 60 years. We understand that each person is a special gift and each life should be celebrated in the same manner.
If you are interested in planning a special memorial or Celebration of Life ceremony or learning more about the pre-planning funeral services we provide here at Gentry Griffey, we would be happy to speak with you. Contact us at 865-689-4481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.