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Ti Todieu蘇府姚七姐夫人
B: 1940-03-10
D: 2017-12-13
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Todieu蘇府姚七姐夫人, Ti
Annie Nguyễn阮府蔡友菁夫人
B: 1947-09-20
D: 2017-12-07
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Nguyễn阮府蔡友菁夫人, Annie
Thoai Tran陳府連瑞鑾夫人
B: 1933-11-24
D: 2017-12-05
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Tran陳府連瑞鑾夫人, Thoai
Chung Chan 伍府陳春芳夫人
B: 1922-10-03
D: 2017-11-27
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Chan 伍府陳春芳夫人, Chung
An Chau 周兆昌先生
B: 1927-06-06
D: 2017-11-25
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Chau 周兆昌先生, An
LE ZHONG 鍾關樂先生
B: 1937-08-08
D: 2017-11-18
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ZHONG 鍾關樂先生, LE
Shien Shen邝府冼靜贤夫人
B: 1939-07-19
D: 2017-11-14
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Shen邝府冼靜贤夫人, Shien
Phuong Chung 李府鍾翠芳夫人
B: 1932-05-15
D: 2017-11-10
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Chung 李府鍾翠芳夫人, Phuong
Chi Mai 麥熾松先生
B: 1938-09-09
D: 2017-10-30
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Mai 麥熾松先生, Chi
Ling Huang黄灵洽先生
B: 1950-06-10
D: 2017-10-30
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Huang黄灵洽先生, Ling
Rosalind Ting MD 丁亦鸣 醫生-教授
B: 1920-04-18
D: 2017-10-27
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Ting MD 丁亦鸣 醫生-教授, Rosalind
Yong Zheng 鄭永泉先生
B: 1955-05-08
D: 2017-10-19
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Zheng 鄭永泉先生, Yong
Xing Wu甄府伍氏杏琼夫人
B: 1956-08-08
D: 2017-10-17
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Wu甄府伍氏杏琼夫人, Xing
James Phung 馮炎坤先生
B: 1930-12-05
D: 2017-10-10
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Phung 馮炎坤先生, James
Yok Moy 梅若新先生
B: 1947-04-09
D: 2017-09-27
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Moy 梅若新先生, Yok
Guo Fu 阮府傅国芳夫人
B: 1953-11-12
D: 2017-09-25
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Fu 阮府傅国芳夫人, Guo
Xiu Wu李府伍秀娟夫人
B: 1935-01-21
D: 2017-09-16
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Wu李府伍秀娟夫人, Xiu
Ran Tan 潭然先生
B: 1923-10-09
D: 2017-09-13
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Tan 潭然先生, Ran
Zhe Jiang江柘舟先生
B: 1946-01-18
D: 2017-09-04
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Jiang江柘舟先生, Zhe
Sing Lai 黎成基先生
B: 1931-02-06
D: 2017-08-31
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Lai 黎成基先生, Sing
Jin Chen 陈錦新先生
B: 1936-08-26
D: 2017-08-30
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Chen 陈錦新先生, Jin

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What is a Funeral?

All we need to do is say the word "funeral" and within microseconds, you have an image in your mind of what a funeral looks like. This mental image comes from many sources: the geographical place, culture and society in which we live; our faith; our life experience. Obviously then, a funeral service in Borneo would look very different from one held in Tanzania; there are even significant differences between the funerals held in ethnically and/or geographically diverse regions of North America.

Yet, despite the differences, these funeral services have much in common. We invite you to read further to learn the really simple answer to the question "what is a funeral?" Should you have questions about what you read here, we encourage you to call us at 215-629-1923/888-918-3884. One of our funeral professionals will be delighted to explore the commonalities behind the wide spectrum of funeral ceremonies seen around the world.

What Makes a Funeral?

No matter where it's held, a funeral is a structured ceremony, with a beginning, middle and end. Each is intended to engage the living participants in activities which will transform their status within the community, provide mourners with a collective grieving experience, and celebrate a life lived. It's a socially-acceptable way for members of a community to re-affirm and express their social attachments.

Anthropologists label a funeral as a rite of passage, which affects everyone involved–including the deceased. His or her social status changes dramatically, from a living contributing member of the community to one whose contributions are in the past, and relegated to memory. But the status of each of the survivors– the immediate family most especially– has also changed. In fact, the funeral service can be the start of a defined period of mourning for bereaved family members, marking this transition in a uniquely identifiable way. 

It could be said then, the focus of a funeral - no matter where, no matter when - lies in acknowledging change. And without doubt, human beings (as individuals and as a community) have trouble dealing with profound changes like the death of an integral member of the group. When you take this perspective, it becomes easier to understand the importance of ceremonially acknowledging the tear in the social fabric and the symbolic restoration of its integrity.

Funeral Services in Our Area

For families and individuals living in this region (as elsewhere in the nation), a funeral service can mean many things. Some fall back on what is commonly called a "traditional funeral"; others see that same traditional service as an emotionally unfulfilling event. Fortunately, thanks to a number of unique social forces, there are alternatives. Today, end-of-life commemorative services range from the traditional funeral, to a memorial service and the increasingly popular celebrations-of-life. If you have yet to realize the immense value of such a collective acknowledgement of loss, reach out to us. Call 215-629-1923/888-918-3884 to speak with one of our experienced funeral service professionals.


Sources:  
Huntington, Richard and Peter Metcalf, Celebrations of Death: The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual, Cambridge University Press, 1979.