A funeral is a ceremony connected with the burial, cremation, or interment of a deceased, with the attendant observances. Funerary customs comprise the complex of beliefs and practices used by a culture to honour and respect the dead, from interment, to various monuments, prayers, and rituals undertaken in their honor. Customs vary between cultures and religious groups. Common secular motivations for funerals include mourning the deceased, celebrating their life, and offering support and sympathy to the bereaved; additionally, funerals may have religious aspects that are intended to help the soul of the deceased reach the afterlife, resurrection or reincarnation.
The funeral usually includes a ritual through which the corpse receives a final disposition. Depending on culture and religion, these can involve either the destruction of the body (for example, by cremation or sky burial) or its preservation (for example, by mummification or interment). Differing beliefs about cleanliness and the relationship between body and soul are reflected in funerary practices. A memorial service or celebration of life is a funerary ceremony that is performed without the remains of the deceased person.
The word funeral comes from the Latin funus, which had a variety of meanings, including the corpse and the funerary rites themselves. Funerary artis art produced in connection with burials, including many kinds of tomb decorations, and objects specially made for burial.
Originally, flowers stand for growth, new life and a forward movement. The natural beauty of flowers at a funeral or cremation and at home with those who mourn, provides a feeling of warmth and sympathy. At a funeral you can demonstrate with flowers what someone has meant for to you, as well as lending support and sharing the burden of grief.
Lisianthus is an ideal tribute to the deceased from friends, family and colleagues, it is the ultimate symbol of beauty in grief.