What Should You Expect After The Funeral?
People who haven’t attended a funeral are often uncertain about the entire process. They don’t know what to expect, how to react, and how to speak with the bereaved. At Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home, we have seen several attendees struggle to engage with others. Let’s look at what people can expect after a funeral service.
Once the funeral service is complete, family members and close friends go to the cemetery for burial. Distant relatives, colleagues, and friends may accompany the family but some like to give them space to say their goodbyes privately. A priest or celebrant will offer a few words of prayer and reassurance before the deceased is buried. You can expect some crying or emotional outbursts during this part of the service.
2. Private Reception
A private reception is strictly for close friends and family. Only invited individuals may attend this part of the service. A reception provides space for family members to reflect on good memories, reconnect with people who have flown in from other states, and heal together. It is a good form to attend if you are invited so make sure your schedule is flexible enough for last-minute alterations.
3. Memorial Service
Some families hold a memorial service a few days or weeks after the funeral. They want to honor their loved ones and celebrate a life well-lived. Memorial services also help people who weren’t able to attend the funeral because they were out of state or busy with important projects. Memorial services are different from funerals because they focus on helping people heal by remembering positive experiences. They highlight the deceased’s character, interests, contribution towards society, and interactions with others.