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A funeral is a ceremony connectit wi the buirial (or cremation, etc.) o the bouk o a dead person, or the burial (or equivalent) wi the attendant observances.[1] Funerary customs comprise the complex o beliefs an practices uised bi a cultur tae remember an respect the dead, frae interment itsel, tae various monuments, prayers, an rituals unnertaken in their honour. Customs vary widely baith atween culturs an atween releegious groups an denominations within culturs. Common secular motivations for funerals include mournin the deceased, celebratin thair life, an offerin support an sympathy tae the bereaved. Addeetionally, funerals eften hae releegious aspects which are intendit tae help the soul o the deceased reach the efterlife, resurrection or reincarnation.

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  1. "funeral". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. (Subscription or UK public leebrar membership required.)