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Meaningful Funeral Options & Burial Services in Buffalo & Amherst, NY

Meaningful funeral ceremonies make a significant difference in how families channel their grief toward health and healing. During the funeral, the community comes together and responds to the reality that someone has died, and also to the reality that those remaining will need support, compassion, love, hope, and understanding. The funeral encourages you to think about the person who has died and to explore the meaning of their life and the ways in which they touched the lives of others.

The remembering, reflecting and choices that take place in the planning and conducting of the funeral service are often an important part of the process of grief and mourning. Ultimately, this process of contemplation and discovery creates a memorable and moving funeral experience for all who attend.

Why Have a Funeral?

When we experience the death of someone we love, a funeral service fills several important needs. First, it provides for the dignified and respectful care of the person and special tribute to their life. Equally important, the funeral service helps survivors face the reality of death, which is the first big step toward taking grief from the inside and allowing us to express it on the outside through mourning. Together, close friends and relatives can lend support and consolation when they're needed most.

What Makes a Funeral Meaningful?

No matter what kind of funeral ceremony you are planning, it helps to understand the components of a meaningful funeral. Meaningful funerals are made up of different parts that, when combined together, make for an incredibly emotional experience for you, your family and friends. The most important things to focus on when planning a meaningful funeral are the life and values of the departed loved one. Choose elements and details that reflect their life and personality; implementing all five "senses" such as touch, taste, smell, sound, and sight. Consider music, personal mementos, readings, videos, flowers, menu, and even location. All of these details can be personalized to create an emotionally significant and unique memorial service. 

You should also consider the needs of the family and friends of the departed. Grief support is a real and necessary component of any funeral and memorial service; the service is also one of the first steps of grieving for many because it allows them to comprehend the reality of the death. Being among others who are grieving can be beneficial and comforting. Adding meaningful details and celebrating the lost loved one's legacy can help bring an added sense of hope and healing. 

If you are in need of assistance, contact us today. We are more than willing to help in your time of need. 

"You can have the experience and miss the meaning."
T.S. Elliott

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