The Funeral

  • Helps confirm the reality and finality of death.
  • Provides a climate for mourning and expression of grief.
  • Allows the sorrows of one to become the sorrows of many.
  • Is one of the few times love is given and is not expected in return.
  • Is a vehicle for the community to pay its respects.
  • Encourages the affirmation of religious faith.
  • Is a declaration that a life has been lived as well as a sociological statement that a death has occurred.