Why should we hold a funeral service at all?

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Why should we hold a funeral service at all?

When somebody we love passes away, tradition tells us that we should plan a funeral service in their honor. But as is true of planning practically any event, funeral services take time to organize and they cost money. During times of sadness, what is the real necessity of planning a funeral service?


While many families today eschew tradition and opt out of planning services, the benefits of holding these types of ceremonies should not be ignored. Here are just a few of the reasons why we believe funeral services are a good idea.


  1. They help us come to terms with a loss


Funeral services can help us find a sense of closure after the passing of somebody close to us. Typical services incorporate stories of a person’s life and often prayers or readings that allow us to reflect on the meaning of life and death. This process, while often somber, may give attendees an important chance to accept the finality of a loss.


  1. They allow us to pay homage to the person who has died


Sharing stories about the lives of those who have passed can be an important step in grieving, but in addition, it gives us a chance to pay respect to the departed for touching our lives. Through opportunities for reflection and sharing, we can think and speak about how grateful we are for having known somebody who was dear to us, and we can provide new layers of remembrance to other mourners.


  1. They may aid in the grieving process


Healthy grieving is a process that shouldn’t be overlooked. It requires us to reflect upon a loss, accept it and find a way to move on. Funeral services may be an extremely beneficial part of this process, in that they help provide closure and also community support. When we are surrounded by people who were also touched by the person whose loss we are grieving, we often feel less alone, and we can verbalize our feelings in an understanding venue.

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To all the families who have supported and put their trust in me over the last 40 years as a licensed funeral director/embalmer there are some exciting changes coming.

I will be moving from Bensenville to a bigger office at 1199 S, Arlington Heights Road in Elk Grove Village. My office will be situated in Grove Memorial Chapel, one of the many chapels to better serve and accommodate my families with their funeral concerns and needs.

I will also be able to conveniently meet you at your residence or one of the many funeral homes that I am associated with in the Northern Suburbs and Chicagoland areas.

I am available 24/7 by phone or if you would like to make an appointment please call Jim “Jimmy” Geils at J Geils Funeral Services NOT Geils Funeral Home at 630 247-6623 or email me at jamesgeils58@gmail.com to discuss any of your questions. Please visit my website at Jgeilsfuneralservices.com.

Thank you for your trust and continued support
James W. Geils