Life is full of opportunities to show how much we care. The funeral or memorial service is our final opportunity. Such an intimate event celebrates the twists, the turns, and most importantly, your relationship with your loved one.
It's important to take the time to acknowledge the uniqueness of the deceased: the individuality of their personality, and the singular nature of their life's path. Not just for them, but for you; it affirms the relationship, and leads to healing after loss. Honoring their life is truly an act of love – for the both of you.
It's often seen as easier not to have a memorial service or funeral, and it's certainly seen as a less expensive alternative. But an easy, cheaper path is not necessarily a better one. Grief experts all agree: a ceremony is an important part of the healing process.