The representatives at funeral homes in Northern Cambria, PA recognize a lot of things when it comes to grief. They understand the deep emotions that comes with it and they have resources that can help people move forward. They also understand that food is often a comfort and something people socialize over—in grief and in many other aspects surrounding life. Here’s how food can be used in all the right ways around a funeral.
Often times, after a funeral, families like to have a reception so they can gather for longer and enjoy each other’s company. They can share memories, a meal, and mourn together further in a more casual manner. When there’s a reception, there’s generally food. It doesn’t have to be anything big or fancy. In fact, having food that can be eaten cold, like sandwiches, is often a good idea. But food is there, and people bond over it as they support one another.
At the reception, or later in separate homes, family members might find comfort in eating their loved one’s favorites. Perhaps their loved one made chili unlike anyone else. You could try their chili recipe and whether you succeed or fail, simply eating what you have attempted can make you feel like your loved one’s memory is still alive within you. Or, if they loved ice cream, having a bowl and thinking of them can be a way to memorialize them. People are often connected to food and when you enjoy foods that your loved one adored, it can help you with your grief.
When you are grieving, it is important to make as many healthy food choices as possible. You want your body to have the fuel and energy it needs to move forward with the grieving process and everything you have to do around the death. When you give your body the nutrients it needs, you are less likely to feel drained when you really need the energy. Grief is not only mental anguish, but also physical and feeding the body nutritious things will only be to your benefit.
Food At A Memorial
If you decide to go with cremation, you can have whatever type of memorial you want. If your loved one was a ‘foodie,’ having intriguing foods at the memorial only makes sense. In fact, you could have a memorial that revolves around food, their favorites, and unusual things they tried over the years. Using food to bring out the spirit and memory of your loved one is a good idea in this case.
If you’d like to speak to funeral homes in Northern Cambria, PA about the food you want to have around the final services for your loved one, the professionals at Simple Alternatives Funeral Home & Crematory are here for you. Call us at (814) 533-5832 to ask questions or visit our facilities and our funeral director in person at 717 Main St Windber, PA 15963.