Myth #1. “Funerals just make the grief worse.”
A funeral is intended to do just the opposite. It is a very important step to move the grieving process forward, to provide comfort and support, and to pay a proper tribute.
Myth #2. “Funerals are a thing of the past.”
Our Canadian culture generally prefers to deny the reality of death, but of course death is inevitable. Funerals are civilized, socially binding rituals which give us time, in a hectic world, to pause and reflect on what is truly meaningful to us as a culture and as an individual.
Myth #3. “It doesn’t matter if you attend the funeral or not.”
For the bereaved, this is a time when expressions of support can be very meaningful and long-remembered. For the few hours it takes, try to be there. The experience can also be personally enriching.
Myth #4. “There is no funeral if there is cremation.”
The term “funeral” applies to any ceremony which occurs upon the death of an individual.
Myth #5. “Funerals are only for religious people.”
How you pay tribute to a loved one is entirely up to you and your family. Not being a member of a church should not prevent you from having a meaningful life celebration.
Myth #6. “Funerals have to be held in a church or funeral home.”
A funeral can be held virtually anywhere. The location, such as a park or garden, can do much to add to the meaning of the event. The Bardal Funeral Home is also frequently used for memorial receptions and services.
Myth #7. “If the burial is chosen, the body of the deceased must be embalmed.”
Embalming is optional.
Myth #8. “Funerals are for adults.”
Children, too, have the right and the privilege to mourn and to receive the support of others, and it is important to include them in the funeral planning process and allow them to participate in the services.