What is the Difference Between a Celebration of Life vs. a Funeral?

By: Greg Hurd
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Different people have different ways to honor their loved ones after they have passed away. Funerals, wakes, memorial services, a celebration of life, etc., provide an avenue to say goodbye and get some closure. However, people often struggle during the planning process to determine which option is right for them. Here are some differences between a funeral and a celebration of life.

What is a Funeral?

A funeral service is a formal farewell to the decadent. It’s often a religious and structured ceremony that doesn’t allow much room for customization. Funerals usually take place before the burial or cremation so the body of the deceased individual is always present.

What is a Celebration of Life?

The celebration of life is also a way to say goodbye to a loved one, but instead of a formal ceremony, it’s a get-together with a more casual atmosphere. One of the primary differences between a funeral and a celebration of life is the lack of a body. The body of the decadent is buried or cremated before the service. The celebration of life is less formal, structured, and doesn’t follow any religious rites and requirements.

What’s the Difference?

A celebration of life helps people mourn but also encourages people to focus on the positive aspects of the life lived. Grieving loved ones speak about their experiences and memories with the decedent, console each other, and just spend time sharing their grief. The environment is relaxed and even happy to some extent. As the name implies, people spend their time celebrating a life instead of mourning a death. Unlike a funeral, the celebration of life ceremony can be held weeks and even months after the loved one has passed away.

If you want to know more about funeral services and other details, don’t hesitate to call us at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home. We’ll be happy to help.

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