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As I glance down the obituary column, I see a statement that occurs more and more often: "In keeping with Virginia's wishes, there will be no funeral service." I am deeply disturbed by this trend.
I actually enjoy going to funerals. Sure, they are sad occasions brought on by sad events. But they are also a joyous celebration of life that is at once poignant, edifying and, above all, calming.