Celebration of Life

Autumn Leaves

Two funerals this week. Aside from the preparations, the planning to make sure all goes smoothly, here are a few observations as I ruminate on death and the process of grieving.

Funerals have changed. What was once an obligation, like attending church services on Sunday, is now an option. Some people say, “I don’t do funerals. I prefer to remember X in my own way.” Funerals have become a choice- people decide whether they want to attend the way they decide whether to attend a wedding or Bar Mitzvah. Older folks will attend the funeral of someone from their church, whether they knew X intimately or not. They grew up at a time when funerals were a social obligation.  The attendance at the funeral this morning was large and the age span was pre-teen through senior citizen. X was in his early sixties, but his impact on others was obviously…

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About Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, was a trial attorney for 25 years and has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy on numerous occasions. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland State University for several years and served as an Interim Associate Professor of Law in the clinical program at Case Law School. In 2009, she returned to the small southwestern Michigan community where she was raised, and wrote a novel.
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