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Funerals and Memorials: A Part of Recovery

A memorial service is an important step in the chain of events that occurs after a death. For many, it may be difficult because it brings reminders of the loss and fears of the future. Funerals and memorials provide an opportunity to show appreciation for the person, to grieve together, and to make a new beginning. At funerals and memorials, attendees will encounter families as well as the religious and patriotic symbols, music, ritual, and ceremony, the personal effects and the history of the deceased, and will hear about the deceased’s place in the family, community, organization, and nation.