Funeral Traditions

When we experience the passing of someone we love, a funeral service fills several important needs. First, it honors the person who recently lost their life. Second, it gives the survivors, friends, and relatives the opportunity to say goodbye, pay their respects, and express their love.

For thousands of years, funerals have been a way to express feelings and thoughts for a friend or loved one who has passed on. It allows everyone to reflect on the meaning of life and death, and provides a support system for friends, family members, and the community.

Popular Funeral Traditions

Most commonly, the funeral tradition begins with a viewing. The viewing takes place the night before the funeral, and gives family, friends, and the community an opportunity to pay their respect to the deceased. Family and friends often send cards and flowers to the funeral home for the viewing service. Some families may request to have donations sent to a charity instead.

Some caskets are equipped with a memory safe where family members and friends are able to incorporate a personal touch, placing objects inside of this safe.  If the casket does not include a  memory safe, some family members choose to include personal items inside the casket. Wedding rings, photographs, books, letters, and other small mementos are common items that families choose to be buried with the deceased.

The next day, during the funeral service, prayers, readings, Biblical texts, hymns and songs are shared. If you have the opportunity, friends and family members are usually encouraged to share a personal experience about the deceased.

After the funeral, the burial service is conducted at the grave side, crematorium, or mausoleum. Many religions call for the casket to be kept closed during the burial ceremony. The burial service follows immediately after the funeral. A funeral procession of family and friends travel from the funeral service to the final resting place.

In many traditions, pallbearers carry the casket from the chapel to the hearse, and from the hearse to the burial site.

It is a common funeral tradition for the family to visit after the funeral. Perhaps there is gathering where family and friends are able to show their continued support.

Personalized Funeral Services

At Southern Cremations & Funerals, we realize the importance of funeral and memorial services for paying your respect and saying goodbye.

We realize that funeral practices are often influenced by certain cultural and religious backgrounds, in addition to personal preferences. Cultures and countries around the world have different methods of mourning and different traditions for celebrating life.

We realize that each family is unique, and not everyone wants the same type of service, which is why we offer personalized services and memorials. Contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (770) 919-7100 to learn more about our personalized funeral services.