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A Thought for the Week

by John M Grimes

Today there are some who find themselves asking: "What good does a funeral really do?" Beyond providing a proper burial for the deceased, the funeral does a great deal for those whose lives go on. For the bereaved family, their friends, their close acquaintances in the community, it is a shared moment . . . To realize, to reflect, to reaffirm.
Encircled by the strength of others who care, those who grieve begin to accept the reality of death. They know it has happened, even though a part of their mind rejects it. The funeral service takes them gently by the shoulders and turns them to face it. And having faced it, having viewed it in talking with their friends and family and later reflecting upon moments shared together, things are easier.
One other thing a funeral does for us is to reaffirm the faith, the creed, or philosophy by which one's life was guided . . .As the poet John Donne said: "No man is an island His death touches the world." . . . A funeral considers the feelings of all those who shared his life. . . a most unique moment of sharing . . . for family. . . for friends . . . for society.