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January 24, 2010
The notion of what "God" manifests is trumpeted brilliantly during funeral services. The weather, long a topic invoked to avoid the burden of real conversation, is used as numbing comfort. If raining, we're told it's symbolic tears for the loss of our loved one. Similarly, if rain does not cry on us, and the sun beams instead, we're urged to recognize this as a benevolent smile from "God", reassurance that our dead guy is being welcomed into "heaven". Either way, we are comforted. Either way, we cannot lose. We accept this prepackaged form of bereavement as a form of solidarity.