If it makes no difference to a body if it gets a funeral or not, what is a funeral for? Consider the following statements. Do they describe what you think and feel? Which statements do you agree with?

Letting go of someone’s body with love and care is the last thing you can do for them in this world.

A funeral is a precious gift to the person who has died.

A funeral is for all those people, family, friends and neighbours, who were not present at the death. It is their time to pay their respects and say goodbye.

It is a time to express sorrow.

It is a time when people can comfort each other.

It is a time to take stock of what the person who has died means to you and others and, more important, will go on meaning.

It is a time to say thank you to the person who has died.