The Lost Importance of Funeral Processions

The Lost Importance of Funeral Processions

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Back when a handshake was as good as a man’s word and a man’s word was everything, communities had unwritten guidelines regarding funeral processions. Everyone knew what to do, how to handle these delicate situations, simply by having seen the reactions of their parents over the years.

It was quite simple, really. When a driver saw the hearse, he or she would carefully and quietly pull off to the side of the road and respectfully wait until the last car with lights on during the daytime had passed. Then, slowly, once the last car in the procession had passed, the driver would ease back onto the road and continue their travels. It was the manner by which communities paid their respects to the deceased and to the families that were grieving.

No one honked the horn or blared music from the radio; no one sped passed the procession in either direction; no one seemed to be in a hurry to continue on down the road. Rather, it seemed to be a moment to pause, to feel empathy for grieving strangers, to remember the family members that we had lost, to remember that we are only here for a short time.

Pulling over to the side of the road when encountering a funeral procession does not happen much anymore, though there are still a few small towns across America who still practice this tradition. Why have communities lost such a simple expression of respect and sympathy?

Progress, as it is often called, has changed us. Though we are more connected than ever through cell phones and emails, we are more distanced than ever from people, from our families, from our communities. In our rush to be the best, to make another dollar or climb the corporate ladder, we have traded family meals for eating alone on the run. In our attempts to create a better future, we have left much of what we have learned in the past behind us. And, we continue to progress with blazing speed.

We run through our days, mindlessly maneuvering from one point to the next, trying to check items off of our to-do lists. We forget to call friends and neglect to visit family because we are so very busy, though it is often difficult to recall exactly what it was that kept us that way. Perhaps it is time to take a break, to sit back and breathe, and to remember the list that is truly important to us.

Have you told your kids you that you love them? Have you spent much meaningful time with your spouse lately? Have you had lunch with your best friend in a while?

Life happens; people grow and communities change. The world is not meant to remain the same forever. But, during progress, we must make an effort to steady ourselves so that we do not forget the parts of life most important to us, so we do not neglect the very reasons that make life worth living, so that we remain grounded in our families and in our communities.

So, the next time that we encounter a funeral procession, let’s all take a moment to pause and, respectfully, slowly pull over to the side of the road and patiently wait. There, in the quiet of the car, our hearts will feel for the family that has suffered the loss and remember our own loved ones who have gone on before. Perhaps, in that moment, we will realize how fortunate we are to still have the opportunity to tend to that truly important to-do list.

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How to Choose Funeral Plans

How to Choose Funeral Plans

Death is inevitable to all. It is an unexpected incident that every living being will have to face it aaasomeday. We all work hard to make our dear ones financially independent so that they will not have to face any kinds of difficulty. It is also our responsibility to ensure the safety of them even after our death. But most often, we forget about the most important expense that our family will have to bear after our death. This expense is for our funeral. If we make our own pre-paid funeral plans, it will easy for our family to handle. That’s the reason for many people being interested in this type of funeral plans.

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Arranging a funeral for your closed ones is one of the most difficult jobs for everyone. But if you have an idea about the steps that you should take, you can reduce the stress of arranging the funeral. The best decision is to make a pre-planning of the funerals of your dear ones while they are still alive. This may be sound harsh or something that we don’t want to think about right now but we should take this step to avoid any kinds of ambiguity upon their death. You also need to keep some money aside to handle their funerals.

We have no idea about when our life will come to an end. So we should be prepared to face it at any time. Death is something that can never be accepted by your loved ones. But if you have already done the necessary arrangements for that last day, their task will become less difficult. Pre-paid funeral plans can help you to have the needed money for your funeral. There are many companies that offer such plans. But you must be careful enough to choose the right one as all of them are not safe. You need to do some research and use some tricks to hire the perfect company. Afterall, you don’t want your family member to face any kinds of difficulties after your departure.

There are some issues that you need to consider while you are taking the decision to own funeral. They are mentioned below:

➢ Details About The Process: You need to know details about the policies of the company before signing the deal with them. These companies usually reserve your money in a trust fund. Make sure that the company will use your money rightly and will not deceive you. Many companies earn interest from your money. Know details about how they are going to use that interest.

➢ Carefully Read The Contract-Paper: Reading the contract paper before signing is one the most important things in all cases. You can any of the company but you must go through their paper carefully. As these are long-term agreements, make sure that there will not arise any problem in future. They must provide you with the scope of having a change in the future as your decision can change.

➢ Think Logically: While planning for your future funeral, keep your present financial condition in mind. Your funeral plans should be according to your budget. You don’t know when you will you die and what kind of financial condition you will have then. So by making this preparation while you are still alive, your family members will be less stressed. Thus you can also help them in your absence.

Having a pre-paid funeral plans has many benefits. This initiative helps your family member to deal with your death. Thus you can relieve the burden on your family member.