We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Wakes and funerals already exist to serve the immediate needs for mourning and recognition of the loss. Participation in normalizing rituals is probably far more helpful than therapy in the immediate aftermath of a such a loss.
The fatal conceit continues. The left wing do-gooders think they know what's best for us in every facet of our lives and are eager to tax our prosperity away in order to pay for their agenda of unproven and disproven theories. When someone proposes a plan that involves tax dollars, the first question should be to ask if he voted for liberals in the last election or plans to vote that way in the future. If the answer is yes, the plan is at best a useless waste of money and probably not only a waste of money, but one that inflicts harm on those it claims to help.
Is it just me, or is there an increasing trend to skip funerals? These days I constantly have people explaining to me that they're not planning a funeral, because it's too morbid. At most, they're planning a pleasant memorial service in a few months, which inevitably will be titled a "celebration" of the deceased's life, and at which no mention of grief or loss will be welcome.