- 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.