Thursday 14 December 2017

The sad demise of the traditional Irish funeral

Photo: Getty
Photo: Getty


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.

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