When most people picture funeral services, they picture events inside churches, synagogues, funeral homes, or other establishments. The body is present, music plays, and everyone sits through the service. While traditional funerals have taken place in these locations for years, Covid-19 resurrected the popularity of graveside funerals. Even though Covid-19 is waning, there are many advantages to continuing to have your services there. Here are a few of them.
1. Accessible For Everyone
Many churches, synagogues, or other religious locations only host funerals for those who belong to their congregations. But many people are not a part of a religious group or sect. Graveside services are available to everyone.
2. Respects The Wishes Of The Deceased
Some people do not desire large or elaborate services at their death. They want a small gathering of family and friends. A graveside service can offer an intimate setting for a few friends to gather and honor the deceased's wishes.
Being graveside does not mean you cannot have a viewing. You can request to view the body even in this location or arrange a viewing at the funeral home before going to the gravesite.
3. Saves Money
Renting a location for a funeral can be costly. While some churches host the funerals of their members for free, they often charge for nonmembers. Even having the service at the funeral home comes with a small cost.
Choosing a graveside service does not require you to pay for a location. The purchase of the grave usually covers this cost. Be aware any time you choose a burial; you may incur the charge of opening and closing the grave.
4. Increases Health Safety
During Covid-19, many funeral homes limited services to a selected number of people to protect those in attendance. Covid-19 is still circulating alongside the flu and other infectious viruses. Having your service in an open-air environment allows you to distance yourself socially, which helps minimize the transmission of these diseases. Taking these additional safety steps can help protect you and your family.
5. Promotes Healing
Funerals are an essential component in saying goodbye to your loved one. It does not matter where the services take place. Graveside services still allow you, your friends, and your family to gather, pay respects, and say farewell. This gathering can help promote healing and move you through the grief process.
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31 October 2022
When my father passed away a year ago, my mother didn't have any problems with the funeral or burial. My father planned his funeral in advance. He didn't want to burden my mom with any problems during her time of grieving. That hit me. I realized that I didn't have any plans for my own future, which would make it even harder on my wife and kids. So, I contacted a funeral home online and requested information about burial services. The funeral home provided me with many options that I could afford to pay over time or upfront. My wife also helped select burial plots for us because we didn't want to be separated — even after death. I encourage you to read through my blog. It offers great tips and advice on how to plan for your own future. Don't wait. You never know what life holds for you.