"There is something reassuring about those kinds of formal rituals, I
find. But then the Lutheran funeral is always the same, always very
formal, everybody dressed in black, the music consists of hymns only
"It is about participating (the dust to dust bit), isn't it? That is the
bit I remember from the funerals in my childhood - first the priest
takes his little shovel, and drops some earth on the coffin, three
times. The Finnish translation is slightly more concrete, it goes "From
Earth you have come, to Earth shall you again return. Jesus Christ the
Saviour will wake you up on the last of days."
And then the family and friends do the same thing after him, one by one."
Someone suggested "Amazing Grace", but I just asked: "Have you ever listened to the words"?
Apparently it was sung at the funeral of Ronald Regan. I say no more!
Incidentally, I vividly remember a funeral of a friend, who was an avid "Aussie Rules" supporter. His family sent him off to the sounds of "Up there Cazaly". This song became the unofficial anthem of Aussie Rules Football. But the lyrics are strangely appropriate, when you examine the chorus:
"Up there Cazaly, in there and fight
Out there and at 'em, show 'em your might
<>Up there Cazaly, don't let 'em in
Fly like an angel, you're out there to win
"Up there Cazaly, you're out there to win
In there and at 'em, don't let 'em in
Up there Cazaly, show 'em you're high
Fight like the devil, the crowd's on your side"
I'm sure that would have scandalised Anni's Mum.
But I knew the guy concerned, and his family, and it went over well!