I don't usually go to a wedding unless it's for a member of my family or a close friend. But I rarely turn down an invitation to a funeral even though I might not have known the deceased directly.
I had never really thought about the reason for this until recently when I happened to watch an episode of a local TV series which involves a funeral business. In it a character remarked that one needs to attend funerals in order to show one's respect for the bereaved family. I couldn't agree more.
People can fall in love and get married once, twice or more often, even. But nobody I've known personally has died more than once. (Although quite a few people have made tabloid headlines over the years for "rising from the dead", sitting up in the coffin during their own funerals.)
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