What The World Would Be Like If Funeral Pros Didn’t Exist

For the last couple of years, the way that people look at and host events has completely turned on its head. Not too long ago, when it came to throwing a birthday party or planning a wedding, people were all about doing it bigger and better than anyone else. Who can I contact to help me make this the most extravagant party ever? Who do I need to hire to create an event that no one will ever forget?

And then along came Pinterest and the Do-It-Yourself mindset.

Websites like Pinterest made it easier than ever for everyday people to get access to the many necessary contacts and supplies that they once had to go through party planners to get. (For example, music arrangements, setup logistics, permits, personalized decor, etc.). But with the internet, it was all right there at their fingertips. All of a sudden, people began questioning why they needed to go to a professional to plan an event in the first place, when they could just do it themselves.

And slowly, many are starting to wonder the same about planning a funeral. With things like at-home funerals and personalized memorial events becoming more and more popular every day, families are beginning to wonder why they need to follow the traditional route of contacting a funeral home and planning a service.

Well, we’re here to tell you why.

Here is just a small glimpse into what a life without funeral professionals would like like… and why even if you do decide to plan an at-home funeral or a one-of-a-kind celebration event, contacting a funeral director will be one of the best decisions that you can make along your journey.

1. The funeral planning process would be even more difficult

Let’s start with the obvious… if funeral professionals didn’t exist, the process of planning a funeral would be a lot more difficult than it already is. People would be left on their own during one of the most difficult moments of their life trying to navigate things like death certificates, burial and cremation laws, and body preparation, when they should be focusing on celebration and remembering their loved one.

That’s the benefit of hiring a professional. Not only do you get someone to lead you through all of the difficult moments of planning a funeral (and offer you years of expertise and advice that you would never be able acquire on your own), but you also get extra help managing the hectic funeral process so that you can focus on what truly matters — grieving and honoring your loved one.

2. There would be less life celebration

A lot of people misunderstand why funeral service is so important in the first place. Many think that funerals are simply a necessary tradition and a final send off for their loved one, while others think that a funeral is only about the people who are in attendance — the living. But at its very core, funerals are most importantly a chance to celebrate a life lived. Unfortunately, when most people don’t understand just how impactful and valuable a life celebration can be, they begin dismissing the idea of a funeral all together.

That’s why funeral professionals are so important… they bring the focus of a funeral back to life celebration, rather than the boring, dreary, dark funeral service that many people have come to know from their past — and don’t see the value in at all.

Funeral professionals also have an arsenal of celebration tools that can help families further bring life celebration to the focus of a funeral, such as beautiful Life Tribute memorial videos that capture and replay the highlights of a loved one’s life.

Do you want to bring beautiful memorial video and photo tributes into your loved one’s funeral service? Click here to download a FREE 30-Day trial of our Life Tributes memorial software. You can start creating Hollywood-style, cinematic memorial videos in under 10 minutes!

3. The road to healing would be long and difficult to navigate

While a funeral is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to celebrate and honor a loved one’s life, it’s also a tremendously important healing opportunity for the guests in attendance… mainly thanks to the activities, services and education that funeral professionals provide. Thanks to the years of training and life experience that funeral professionals have gathered over a lifetime of service, they have become experts at determining what friends and family truly need in order to start healing.

If you have ever been down the road of grief and healing, you know that it’s one of the most difficult roads to navigate… especially when you have no idea where to get started, what will help and what will make things more difficult. Having someone guide you down that road, and ask the right questions that determine the best decision for you to make in the moment, can be one of the most invaluable aspects of the funeral process. After all, you only get one chance to give a final goodbye to your loved one, so you want to make sure that you are doing it in the most valuable, meaningful way possible for you… and funeral directors can help you do that.

4. It would be harder to comfort the loved ones in our life

Funeral professionals and the services that they provide are not just valuable to the immediate family who are going through the loss of their loved one. They also offer a number of useful resources to extended friends and families that help them offer comfort and support in the days surrounding a funeral. For example, guides on what to say to someone when they are going through a loss, or what is appropriate to wear at a funeral.

Many funeral homes also have a partnership with a lot of valuable community members, which they then pass along to the families that they work alongside. For example, many funeral directors will know which florist in their town creates the most beautiful, high-value sympathy flower arrangements, and will partner with these florists through their website’s Sympathy Store, so that they can be sure that the friends and family visiting their website are getting the best service possible from a florist the funeral home knows and trust.

To see for yourself the kind of beautiful, hand-delivered sympathy arrangements that The Sympathy Store sends to local funeral homes around the country, click here to check out the store!

What do YOU think the world would be like if funeral professionals didn’t exist?! Do you think that we would celebrate life in the same way that we do now? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Rochelle Rietow

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