How different are Mormon funerals than those done by other religions? For some strange reason I actually enjoy funerals (at least Mormon ones), despite the sadness of losing a loved one. We’ve had a couple of memorial services in our ward in the past few months, and while sitting through the most recent I wondered how our funerals are different from those of other religions.
I don’t know if I can quite explain why I enjoy funerals. Somehow I come away from funerals renewed and with a greater interest in and love and respect for the deceased. I enjoy the praise and love shown and the enlightening or funny stories told about them.
The few funerals of other religions I’ve attended have also been enjoyable, but not quite the same. They seem to have more of a feeling of despair, although that could well be me reading something into them. I don’t know. I certainly can’t claim to have attended enough funerals to say that I know what the difference is.
I do have a vague memory of some general conference talk or something that claimed that there was a difference between our funerals and those of others, based on our better understanding of our purpose and destiny. But I’m not sure what that claim was based on, or even where exactly I heard it.
So, let me throw the question out to you: Is there a difference between Mormon funerals and those of other religions?