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Place of eulogising in funeral services

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09 June 2010

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From Mr David Winston

Sir, — Canon Vigeon (Letters, 14 May) notes that contemporary funerals often focus on the biography of the deceased rather than “the commital of the soul to the mercy of God”. That certainly reflects my own experience.

I will confine myself to one comment on the important issue that Canon Vigeon raises. The “great and the good” have long had both a funeral and a memorial service. Whatever the merits or deficiencies of the contemporary funeral, as Canon Vigeon describes it, it is possible to argue that it reflects a welcome recognition of the value of all lives, not just those of “the great and the good”.

Is there not a case for combining thanksgiving for the life of the deceased with a committal of the soul to the mercy of God, as some clergy do?

DAVID WINSTON
24 Longton Road
Salford M6 7QW

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