Why It’s Important to Attend a Funeral
November 2, 2018
Oftentimes people are hesitant or unsure if they should go to a funeral. They often ask themselves, is it even important to attend this funeral? More than likely, we have all felt this way about a funeral before. In this blog post, we provide you with some important reasons for going to a funeral.
If you find that going to a funeral is uncomfortable, you’re not alone. In fact, at most funerals, there’s likely at least a few guests that contemplating skipping the service. Whether it’s because you don’t know what to say, you feel awkward, you don’t want to be around people who are sad, or something entirely different; it’s normal to worry about attending a funeral.
Funeral services are about so much more than just honoring the deceased. They’re about supporting the bereaved and being there for them during a difficult time. Families truly appreciate those that attend a funeral for their loved one.
Death can happen at any time, and that means it’s not always convenient for people to go to a funeral. When the funeral service falls on Tuesday at noon, it can be difficult to take time off work and disrupt busy schedules to show up. Even though that can be an inconvenience, there are those that do it.
Until it’s your family sitting at the front of the chapel, you can’t really understand how powerful it is to look back and see all the lives your loved one touched. This is something that is truly special and can make the bereaved feel cared for and supported.
Much like there are many reasons you might not want to attend a funeral service, there are also many reasons you should. Here are 6 reasons why it’s important to attend a funeral service:
Share Your Condolences
Expressing condolences isn’t always easy. When someone we know experiences a loss, making sure to let them know that you are thinking of them is important. Many people will send flowers or write condolence messages when they learn of a death. But actually going to a funeral and speaking to the bereaved not only shows you care, it also makes your words that much more meaningful.
Support Close Family and Friends
Being there to support close family and friends of the deceased is arguably the biggest reason why it’s important to attend a funeral. By going to a funeral, you provide the support that the close family and friends need during this difficult time. Grief is a journey that everyone experiences in their own way. For many people though, feeling love and support from others can help make this journey a little bit easier.
Say Your Final Goodbye
Attending a funeral is also important for your own wellbeing. Even if you weren’t that close to the deceased, it gives you the opportunity to say one last goodbye. This is a chance to find closure and begin to adjust to life without your friend or loved one. If there was anything you wish you could have said when the deceased was alive, now is the chance.
Help Honor the Deceased's Life
By going to a funeral, you are helping to pay tribute to the deceased’s life. We all want to think that when we pass our funeral service will be well attended. Even if you only knew the deceased as an acquaintance, going to a funeral shows that the deceased was a part of your life and you want to help honor them and everything they accomplished.
You Might Regret Not Going
If you choose not to attend a funeral service, you could regret it later on. As we’ve said, a funeral is a time to support the bereaved and say one last goodbye. If you pass this opportunity up, you may find yourself feeling upset because deep down you know you should’ve been there. As difficult as it may be, you should always attend a funeral. If not for you, for the family that has just lost a part of their world.
It's a Time to Reflect on Life & Be Grateful
Attending a funeral really allows you to reflect on how precious life is. It allows you to take a step back for your busy day-to-day life, and be grateful for being alive. Seeing someone grieve over the loss of a family member, reminds you to spend more time with your own family. It really makes us better value the people in our lives and the relationships we have. We are reminded that we are on this earth for a short amount of time and that we need to make the most of that time.
We hope you now see why it’s important to attend a funeral. At Thibadeau, we believe it is important that we come together as a community during difficult times. A funeral is important for not only the deceased’s life, but for the grieving family and yourself. We gain strength through unity.