Death and Mourning

Why You Should Have a Funeral

Rabbi Audrey R. Korotkin, Ph.D.
In Judaism, I believe, everyone ought to have a funeral – not only for themselves, but also for those they leave behind. Sometimes it’s because they think they don’t deserve it. Perhaps there have been difficulties in their family relationships that they regret, or they simply are overly humble about anyone caring about them at their advanced age.