A Traditional Funeral in a Modern World
The traditional funeral in Ireland is one of the most celebrated forms of death rite, acknowledged across the world as a unique cultural phenomenon, noted for the blending of sacred rituals and social solidarity.
We pride ourselves on doing funerals well and many of our traditions have stood the test of time. Family members share the duties, participating in the mass by reading prayers and readings, playing music, singing and shouldering the coffin. Neighbours gather round to help the family with everything from grocery shopping to car parking, keeping vigil and offering emotional support. When the circumstances allow, a traditional Irish funeral brings together a community of people to honour the life of the person who has died and support those in mourning.
So little time…
However oftentimes, circumstances are such that a funeral can mean a heavy and additional workload on a grieving family. In our modern world, with loved ones living all around the world, a funeral can plunge a family into an intensely busy period in the initial aftermath of a loss. There are more calls to make, more jobs to do and an additional stress to the gathering together of everyone for a meaningful occasion with just 3 or 4 days to prepare. Not everyone will be able to or want to lean on neighbours.
Whether in advance of an expected funeral or in response to an unforeseen loss, a funeral event coordinator can help. We work on your behalf in co-operation with service providers and participants, from undertaker to reception venue, celebrant, musicians and florist to ensure everything runs smoothly. Beyond the main ceremony, your funeral coordinator will manage any additional plans and features to help you say your best goodbye.
Like so much in today’s busy world, we hold dear the ties that bind and the traditions that transcend time and space but we are also continually challenged to find ways to hold onto that special experience in the midst of busy lives. With some advanced consideration or the right support at the right time you can replace some of the stress with spending meaningful time in the company of loved ones.
Like so much in today’s busy world, we hold dear the ties that bond and the traditions that transcend time and space but we all also continually challenged to find ways to hold onto that special experience in the midst of busy lives.