The sad demise of the traditional Irish funeral
Irish people have always loved a good funeral. There is the genuine desire to pay last respects to a deceased friend, neighbour or relative and show solidarity with the bereaved family at a time of grief and loss.
But there is also the social part of the proceedings, an opportunity to meet with old friends and acquaintances, and catch up with their news. A good funeral is part of the social glue which keeps communities together.
But times change and customs are also altered in line with those changing times.