Commemorating the important events which occur in the course of our lives is important to most of us. These events are marked by the ceremonies we use to acknowledge them. Christening and baptisms, graduations from high school and college, weddings, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and funerals are all examples of important life cycle events that are identified by the ceremonies we use to acknowledge them.
Funerals, like the other events in our lives, serve a valuable function by providing a time and place for commemorating and acknowledging the life of a person who has died. Funerals confirm and reinforce the reality of the death, assist in the expression of grief and feelings of loss, begin the process of reintegrating the bereaved back into the community and convey our values and beliefs regarding the meaning of life and death.