When a loved one passes away, we often engage in different activities to honour them. These activities include events such as a funeral service, memorial service, or celebration of life. Regardless of whether these events are large and extravagant or small and simple, we often don’t mind going through the trouble of organising such events. 

But you may be wondering, are these elaborate events necessary? After all, it is possible to bury or cremate a loved one without having these activities to honour the deceased. However, having a service to honour the deceased is an important step for your grief and healing.

With that said, here are 4 reasons why it’s important to honour your deceased loved one.

1. A chance to say goodbye

Firstly, holding a funeral service offers an opportunity for you to say your final goodbye to your loved one. As family members and friends of the deceased come together in their honour, you can each take the time to say your goodbyes. This acts as the first step in the grieving process, which allows you to mourn the loss and start moving forward. 

Rituals such as Buddhist funeral customs can also play a vital role in healing. During a funeral service or a memorial service, you’ll often share stories and special memories about the deceased that you’ll carry in your heart forever.

2. An avenue for closure

When you first receive news about the death of a loved one, there’s often an avalanche of emotions which can at times be too much to bear. However, participating in a celebration of life or funeral service allows us to channel these emotions and find closure. When you’ve embraced the death of your loved one, you’ll be able to transition into a new life whereby your relationship with your loved one is now spiritual rather than physical.

3. Support from close family and friends

Holding a funeral service allows you to get in touch with family and friends who share in your loss. People who were close to the deceased will be able to understand what you’re going through and grieve alongside you. While reconnecting with one another, you’ll also be able to celebrate your loved one’s life and appreciate how they positively impacted the lives of so many. 

4. An opportunity to celebrate positively

Throughout our lives, we rally our loved ones together to celebrate milestones like birthdays, weddings, and graduations. Likewise, a memorial or funeral service is a celebration of a major milestone. Although death isn’t often associated with joy and laughter, paying respects and honouring the deceased doesn’t always need to be a sad event.

Instead of only mourning the loss, you can come together with your family to celebrate the love and happiness that you have for your loved one’s life. When stories and long-lasting memories of your loved ones are shared, you may learn things about them that you never knew before. These stories can be passed down from one generation to another to keep your loved one’s legacy alive.


If you’re looking to say goodbye to your loved one and honour their life with a service of remembrance, it’s important to choose a funeral company that will give them a dignified send-off. At Casket Fairprice, we have over two decades of experience in touching the lives of the bereaved through our packages for funeral services in Singapore. Let us put together a personalised tribute to honour your departed loved ones.