An effective funeral helps family and friends heal emotionally and psychologically from the death of a loved one. Even for an acquaintance, it can be meaningful to attend a funeral to pay respects to the deceased and to offer comfort to the family.
Practically, as well, publicly marking the death of a loved one will make casual social encounters easier, for the family and their acquaintances. If people know your mom has passed away and have already had an appropriate opportunity to express their condolences, it’s less likely you will be approached in the supermarket six months from now by someone asking, how’s your Mom?
For acquaintances as well as for family, there is comfort in coming together, a reassurance in the basic connection of humanity in supporting each other, affirming that every life matters and its passage must be marked by dignity and compassion.