Most believers in an afterlife would find comfort in thinking their loved ones may attend their funerals or memorial services; it can provide comforting hope of continuing connections between loved ones. But, unfortunately, there’s nothing in Scripture which supports this notion.
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1. It’s a way for loved ones to communicate
Many people believe that when loved ones pass, they can still communicate with us via after-death communication (ADC). ADC allows loved ones to do just this through musical notes they’ve left behind or other means, such as butterfly landing on them or simply being present – many see ADC as our deceased loved ones’ way of telling us they still care and remain connected with us after death.
Some believe that when deceased loved ones want to communicate with us after death, their spirits may manifest at their place of death; this could include their home, favorite park, or grave site. It is believed that this type of communication provides closure and comfort that we’re not alone after our loved one passes.
Funerals can be an integral part of the grieving process for some. Funerals provide an opportunity to remember and celebrate the life of someone who has passed, bring family and friends together in support, share happy memories and say farewell.
Many people believe that deceased loved ones’ spirits often attend funeral services because they understand that their family and friends will be attending, knowing they will hear voices they know from among their mourning loved ones and share in their joy.
Funerals provide loved ones in spirit an opportunity to communicate with us living. By witnessing all the beautiful memories being shared about them and by hearing how much their family and friends cared for them, these deceased loved ones can show that they still love them and convey that message directly. Additionally, some people believe deceased loved ones use signs as a way of communicating since it requires less energy than materializing into an apparition; mediums and psychics also often practice this form of communication with deceased loved ones.
2. It’s a way for people in spirit to visit
Many spirits of loved ones who are no longer living want to visit those still living, which is why funerals often attract spiritual visitors. They want to see that their life was honored and that any love felt during life wasn’t wasted; and to provide comfort for the mourners in times of loss.
These ghosts may linger near mortuaries or funeral procession routes to witness bodies being transported for burial, sometimes trying to revive them through techniques known as Reanimator – it has happened several times to me personally and it can be quite startling and upsetting to witness.
At funerals, spirits often feel at one with other spirits who were also there, as they can connect and share insights and wisdom with grieving family members. Children can be especially effective in communicating messages from the dead as they tend to be much more intuitive than adults at relaying these messages without interference from our world.
Dreams can also provide us with access to communication between soul and spirit of an individual, often seen among those of all religions as well as those who consider themselves atheist or agnostic. People of all ages have reported dreaming that deceased loved ones appear and interact with them in their sleep.
For this reason, the Bible is strongly against contact with the dead and spiritualism. God understands how fragile human souls can be during times of grieving; He doesn’t want His children being exploited by people claiming to be loved ones pretending otherwise or opening themselves up to malevolent forces likely under Satanic influence that could invade their auras and do more damage than good.
3. It’s a way for people in spirit to help the living
Funeral and memorial services often allow deceased loved ones to attend in order to help ease the grief of those left behind and see how their memory has been honored and continue their spiritual development. It allows them to feel love expressed towards them from family, friends and allies; helping with spiritual evolution.
Therefore, the Bible cautions us not to attempt contacting deceased relatives. God knows this can be dangerous as this could open us up to being taken advantage of or attacked by demonic spirits disguised as deceased family members posing as our loved ones who have passed. He doesn’t want His children distracted during times of mourning by outside forces.
Additionally, people in spirit must remember that they cannot interfere with the decisions or choices made by those living on earth. While they will certainly be happy that their loved ones are taking the path they’ve chosen, they won’t try to alter or force them in another direction.
The dead spirits understand the lessons being learned on earth, and why events must unfold as they do. While they don’t get angry with those on earth, they do feel saddened when someone they care for makes decisions that are detrimental to themselves or others – their divine knowledge allows them to understand such circumstances more fully than us mere mortals can.
Traditions followed by Christians when it comes to burial and commemoration have their roots in non-biblical religious teachings that go far beyond Christianity, such as belief in an unseen realm where dead continue living despite Ecclesiastes 9:10. Such customs stand in stark contrast to Biblical truths such as Ecclesiastes 9:10.
When loved ones from spirit come through during sessions, they tell me they enjoy attending their own funerals and memorial services because it reminds them how well they were remembered by those left behind. Hearing words of praise and encouragement also helps reinforce their beliefs that their lives were worthwhile up until death.
4. It’s a way for people in spirit to feel love
No matter your beliefs about an afterlife, it’s essential to remember the fragility of life. Death creates a tear in society’s fabric, necessitating healing through coming together. Funerals provide a means of doing just this, while offering those close to the deceased an opportunity to say their last farewells and remember them in one final ceremony.
Funerals in many cultures serve as an opportunity for loved ones of the deceased to come together and remember his/her virtues and character, often followed by a memorial service where friends and family members can express their grief; occasionally close relatives even send flowers in memory of their dear departed loved one.
This practice has become an enduring tradition, as people believe the spirits of those who have passed will appreciate our acts of love for them. It is also a good reminder of just how precious life truly is, so each moment should be enjoyed fully.
Funerals for Christians are occasions to honor and celebrate the life of a loved one who has died, as well as show support to bereaved loved ones and show that they aren’t alone. Additionally, funerals provide an opportunity for people to pray for the soul of the departed.
Funerals are typically directed by a pastor or another member of the church community. A coffin may be covered with a pall, which is an elaborate cloth with Christian symbolism such as crosses. After scattering some earth onto the remains, priests usually sprinkle some more into the coffin before sealing it shut with one last kiss from them both.
Although funerals and memorial services differ significantly, both are designed to help mourners cope with the death of someone close to them. Specific differences include type of music played, amount of time dedicated to remembering deceased person(s), whether body is displayed (in some cultures this practice may vary), as well as whether or not body of deceased is actually displayed – for instance in some cultures instead showing videos depicting deceased rather than body exhibited (in contrast).