Most people consider a funeral to be an important part of the grieving process. These services are an opportunity to celebrate the life of a loved one and to say goodbye.
But there’s never been any research conducted to measure the importance of a funeral on the grieving process – and that’s what one team are now launching.
Funeral Service Times reported on the nationwide study being led by Leeds-based funeral director Sarah Jones. She’s working with academics and representatives from industry bodies such as the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors.
Ms Jones wants anyone who’s organised or attended the funeral of a close friend or relative recently in the UK to participate by agreeing to talk to an interviewer.
She explained that there’s very little research into “what constitutes a ‘good funeral’ from the perspective of those who have been bereaved”.
“This study aims to find out what people think is important when attending and organising a funeral, as well as looking at how it helped their grieving process, further down the line,” Ms Jones told the news provider.
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It will be interesting to see what the research reveals. A recent article for Refinery29 indicated that young people have different coping mechanisms for loss than their parents or grandparents.
Several young people shared their experiences of dealing with the death of a parent, with many moving away from organised religion and processing their grief in a more personal way.