When someone close to us dies, many of us reassess and redefine our life values. The experience can become one of growth. When the death of someone significant contributes to positive changes in our lives, we may discover truth in the saying, “every cloud has a silver lining”.Why do we have funerals? Across all cultures, the funeral service acknowledges the contribution and significance of that person’s life. It highlights his or her individuality, what it is that makes them special. Communities gather and show support for the close family and friends of the person who has died.The funeral service can be a “safe” place for healing to begin after a tragic or untimely death. While we carry that person’s influence with us for the rest of our lives, the funeral marks the end of his or her physical presence among us.How do you decide on the type of funeral service that's right for those closest to you? There is no right or wrong in planning a funeral.Continue . . .