A funeral is a ceremony
A ceremony is an event of ritual significance, performed on a special occasion. The word may be of Etruscan origin.-Ceremonial occasions:A ceremony may mark a rite of passage in a human life, marking the significance of, for example:* birth...

 for celebrating, sanctifying, or remembering the life of a person who has died
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. Funerary customs comprise the complex of beliefs and practices used by a culture
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 to remember the dead, from interment itself, to various monuments, prayers
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, and rituals undertaken in their honor. These customs vary widely between cultures, and between religious
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 affiliations within cultures. The word funeral comes from the Latin funus, which had a variety of meanings, including the corpse and the funerary rites themselves.