Category Archives: Grief Rituals

Four Funerals and A Wedding

FREE Funeral flowersMaybe it’s a sign of my age, but let’s just say I’ve been going to more funerals than weddings lately (weddings = 1, funerals = 4+). And that has me thinking about how we celebrate, commemorate, and ritualize major events in our lives.

We often spend a lot of time and money on weddings and birthday parties. We like to mark milestones in our lives by gathering friends and family, but somehow we forget about the importance of celebrating our life when we die. Margaret Mead once said, “When a person is born, we rejoice. When they are married, we celebrate. When they die, we pretend nothing happened.” Read More