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February 3, 2020 - 9:42 AM

Photo by (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Funerals aren’t always rip-roaring outpourings of grief and remembrance, especially for folks who are a little older and don’t have a large family.

This can be true even for people who had robust ties through most of their lives. By a certain age, a person’s peers may be dead, in poor health or living far away. Affiliations that supply scores of friends and acquaintances, such as work, volunteering or attending religious services, recede with advancing age and declining health. Personal relationships may deteriorate over time and be tough to shore back up.

Yet most of us intuitively understand that when the end comes, no one should be buried with only morticians and gravediggers looking on.

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