I did attend the funeral and, yes, I’m glad I went. Mostly I’m glad that I was able to greet the daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren of the deceased, who are old friends.
Sometimes I’ve thought that funeral services in my tradition are sort of “canned,” that is, too much right out of the hymnal. This funeral was in a church of another tradition. It was not canned. In fact, it seemed so informal to me, but maybe that is just that pastor’s style. But there is no doubt that the person, who is now with Christ, was a woman of great faith who passed that on to her family. Praise God!