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The ‘benefits’ of funerals seem like an odd title/subject.  But think about it.  I thought about some benefits while attending a funeral in Kansas City, MO on Wednesday, January 3.  Funerals while they are a sad occasion do afford families an opportunity to get together in this busy world where scheduling formal get togethers is quite difficult.  Funerals also provide those who attend a sober reminder of our mortality.  We will not live forever; thus, we should not get too comfortable with our little creature comforts.  Additionally, funerals have a way of forcing us to think about our life priorities.  And funerals afford people the opportunity to serve and mourn with the grieving family.  This takes the attention off our self-absorbed selves and we are forced to think and care about others.


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