Funeral candles are a fitting keepsake for any funeral or memorial service. The use of fire at a funeral has can be dated back to ancient cultures and narratives.
The presence of fire at funerals is as old a custom as funerals
themselves. Used throughout history by ancient civilizations, pagans and
Judeo-Christians, fire in the form of torches and memorial candles is
an enduring tradition that provides comfort to the bereaved and respect
to the deal. Candles serve a unifying element, binding people who shared
the same purpose and providing a persevering keepsake to commemorate
word “funeral” itself indicates a torch-lit profession, derived from
the Latin “funeralis”, from fumis, a torch. Burials occurred at night so
torches were essential. Long after Christians denounced night-time
burial as a pagan practice, funeral candles were placed around the body from death to burial and torches were carried in funeral processions.
Ancient cultures lit fires around the body to ward off evil spirits
from taking possession of the corpse while protecting it from predators.
Early narratives of death include claims that lit candles are emblems
of joy, Heaven and life, and are used to ban all dark spirits.
Additionally, these narratives revealed that the use of fire confuses
the spirit of the deceased, who has not fully realized death has
occurred and may return to bring family members into the afterlife.
Funeral candles and memorial candles
provide to family and friends represent the affirming power of light.
The quivering and flickering flames have been compared by poets to the
uncertainty of life, affected by the forces of fate. When the flame is
extinguished it is symbolic of death.
To continue remembrance of the departed, mourners receive memorial
candles at funerals to return home with them as a keepsake. Lit on
occasions to commemorate the deceased’s life, candles have the power to
continue remembrance and pay homage to the mysterious forces of life.
Traditionally white to symbolize purity and to represent the spirit of the deceased, memorial candles are now easily personalized with photos, quotes, and details of the life being celebrated.
Memorial candles are significant keepsakes, symbolizing the departed
and celebrating life. Funeral professionals are now able to offer many
options to client families, who will reflect upon the candles for years
to come, remembering both those that have left us and the tender
kindness of the funeral home during their period of sorrow.
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