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The Six Cornerstones of the Funeral Home

Published: January 4, 2017

Dignity – We put our focus on caring for the deceased and the bereaved. In this cornerstone, it is about putting all of our energy into how we can best serve our families. Care and Compassion are most important.

Acceptance – Helping others to recognize the finality of death. We focus on funeral services and models of grief that affirm the importance of accepting that a death has occurred. Viewing of the deceased is often helpful, but not always required. Accompanying the deceased to final disposition is also helpful, but not always required.

Ritual – Placing emphasis on participating in symbolic action. Setting up rituals gives our families an opportunity to put their feelings and thoughts into action. Provide structure in uncertain and difficult times, as it will allow families to connect their grief to religious, spiritual or cultural traditions.

Meaning – Focusing on helping our families seek hope and understanding, so that they can begin to make sense of their loss. Slowly help them recognize and reframe their worldview and incorporate their new reality into their daily life.

Support – Putting emphasis on receiving and providing support, whether that’s in large or small groups, in person, or virtually through the funeral home website.

Legacy – Encouraging families to share stories and remember their loved ones. We encourage our families to have activities that surround the value and importance of sacred spaces. Help our families understand the ongoing relationship they have with the deceased and encourage them to pass on legacies.

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