Why funerals matter

When someone we love dies, the funeral is not for them, it’s about them. The funeral is for everyone who knew, loved and was connected to that person.

Funerals give us the chance to say our goodbyes to the person who has died, to connect with other people who are mourning the same loss, to support each other and share memories of the life of someone who mattered to us.

We need to allow our grief to surface, and a funeral provides a safe and appropriate place to show and share our feelings with others, which sets the foundation for healthy grieving.

Funerals are also the right time and place for people who cared about your loved one to support each other and let you know that they care about you. This is vital as you adapt to a life without the person who has died.

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At Lychgate Funerals we have helped many families to ensure the farewell for a loved one is a true reflection of who the person was and what they meant to others. This can be represented in many different ways and can include personal touches, wishes, a special colour, music, a theme or holding the service in a special place. Whatever it means to you, the farewell you create provides a meaningful, relevant, unique and special way to say your goodbye.

Having support around you at this very difficult time, and in the weeks and months after the funeral when the reality of the loss really starts to sink in, is vital as you adapt to a life without the person who has died.