In talking to loved ones I’ve learned there is a lot of value if you live in a smaller community in having a funeral.
After we have a death in the family, you’ll often run across people randomly who will wish you condolences in the grocery store or post office.
For example, your loved one passes away and you decide not to have a service. A week later, when you manage to shower and get dressed for the first time to get groceries, in the first isle you see an old friend who expresses condolences, touches your arm and gives you a hug. This is a friend who honestly wants you to know they care. You after all that effort to get to the store want to do nothing more then go back to your car and curl up and cry.
This is reality for people in small towns across Canada every week. A funeral allows everyone to express their condolences to you.
When you preplan your funeral, don’t think of what you want. Think of what your family will need.