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There is Always Time to Go to a Funeral

April 2, 2015

I wrote this just after I returned from a funeral and noticed some people there that have been “too busy” lately to get involved in other things.  However, there always seems to be time to go to a funeral.

We get caught up in things – work (especially accountants in tax season), caring for sick relatives (but they can be left alone for the hour and half to go to the funeral and back), busy with fixing things around the house (there is always something that needs fixing) and church (but many times you can rearrange the time you normally go.) 

The point is – we always make the time to go to a funeral.

I saw many mourners expressing their grief and how much the newly deceased would be missed.  But, I realized I did not see these “good and dear” friends at a breakfast about a year ago honoring the deceased.  They likely did not attend because they 1) were too busy, 2) didn’t want to make a contribution “at this time,” 3) didn’t like the organization presenting the honor, 4) didn’t like the person too much, had a fight with them and haven’t spoken to them in “years,” 5) too far a trip or 6) they just did not care.

These “good and dear” friends missed an opportunity to honor and to hear and say some nice things while their friend was alive and could enjoy it, be happy and be complimented by the attendance and the support of an organization important to them.

My friends, life is too short and precarious and we should never pass up an opportunity to honor someone in life who we would drop everything for to go to that person’s funeral.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 6hawthorne permalink
    April 2, 2015 12:14 pm


  2. Marc Aaronson permalink
    April 2, 2015 3:59 pm

    You may be right, Ed. But King Solomon, the wisest of all human beings, wrote in Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) that it is better for one to attend a funeral than go to a party. Chag Sameach.

  3. April 2, 2015 11:56 pm

    Ed, Well said as usually. Have a special and Blessed Passover. May the Lord always be with you.

  4. Lynn permalink
    April 6, 2015 12:47 pm

    Well said!

  5. April 7, 2015 2:17 am

    Thank you all for the comments.

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