The funeral 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 not expected in return. Is a vehicle for the community to pay its respects. Encourages the affirmation of religious faith. Is a celebration of a life that has been lived as well as a sociological statement that a death has occurred.