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[User Picture]From: marmal8 Date: December 31st, 2003 - 10:55 am (Link)
I agree...funerals are for the living. Both of my mother's parents died over a decade ago. Being young, I went to the funerals. Neither one had an open casket. I actually wanted to see my grandfather's body, as I hadn't seen him in a few months. (They lived nearby and we saw them all the time.) But it was not an open casket and that was probably for the best.

Jewish funerals have some cool rituals surrounding them. The surviving children/spouse/parent is supposed to rend their clothing in grief. The modern representation is a black ribbon that is placed on the mourner and torn. There is also a period of mourning called sitting shiva which lasts 8 days. During that time visitors come and no work is done (cooking, cleaning and so forth are all left to visitors). At the end of the time, the mourners go on with life. Each year, on the anniversary of the death, a candle is burned to commemorate the deceased. I like the fact that the period of mourning is finite, as well as being complete - grieve deeply, and then move on.

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