Since the times of our ancient ancestors, humans have grieved over the loss of loved ones. One of the oldest rituals of grieving is the act of burying the deceased. Burial has long been associated with religious ritual of one kind or another, dating back to the middle paleolithic period.
In modern times, the burial has become quite an elaborate ceremony. We take great pains to memorialize our fallen, beginning with the modern mortuary. Embalming, once a crude process has advanced significantly. Now, scientific processes are involved that allow the body to be preserved for quite an extensive period of time, so that the deceased can be seen by the loved ones attending the funeral program. In contrast funerals held in the olden days, before modern science and technology were in play, had to be held within a day or two, to prevent the attendees from seeing the fallen in an unflattering state.
While the deceased’s body is being prepared, the family goes to work planning the funeral. At a time when people are the most vulnerable and emotional they are forced to plan and organize a big event. It leaves little time for grieving and is a stressful experience.
For the most part funerals are planned quickly and critical decisions made in a snap. Typical funerals are planned and carried out within a week of the death. Between choosing a funeral home, grave site, officiate, coordinating logistics with family, picking a coffin, sorting through the will, and responding to concerned friends and family there is little time for the grieving to grieve. It is a circus.
One of the last things on the mind of the grieving is the funeral program. The program is the document that friends and family will keep for years to remember. Rarely do people discuss what they would like to see at their own funeral, so the family is at a loss. This is often where help is needed. The grieving can work with the funeral home and the deceased’s church to coordinate details of the burial and ceremony. For the funeral program itself, there are funeral program templates available for families to work with. By adding pictures, stories, and details that matter to them, the family can expedite the painful planning and move on to grieving. Long after the ceremony is over the funeral program will live on, commemorating the deceased, even if it was designed from a funeral program template.
With a bit of thought and help, the family can move quickly through the counter-intuitive process that is funeral planning and move on to grieving and eventually recover. Funeral homes, churches, friends, and family are more than willing to help when a death has occurred. Tools and funeral program templates are available to plan the ceremony and create the program. The act of the burial is often a big moment for the family. When the deceased is in the ground, it is truly over. This is the same as it was for our ancient ancestors. The deceased is free of the confines of our mortal existence and the loved ones can move on.