I don't know of any other religion that makes such a discussion of entitlement over funerals---who is entitled to come and who will be asked to leave, who is entitled to have a funeral and who is not.
I ran across this info on another website and it reminded me of the way JWs are so ill behaved and cold about funerals.
In the premodern world of ancient Rome, the earliest Christians organized themselves into funeral societies. These organizations helped the poor and middle classes combine their resources to bury their dead friends and family members in a manner honoring their religious beliefs and cultural practices. Just as in our contemporary postmodern world, death was big business. Many people could simply not afford an appropriate funeral.
Registering a “funeral society” in the Roman empire also provided a way to legitimize the church with a government dominated by a state religion, just as in the American empire today, registering a “charitable status” gives churches a way to legitimize themselves with a government dominated by a civil religion.
They also knew that there was no better opportunity to share the gospel than a funeral service and no better gift to give than real, genuine, concrete HOPE.
In this new, pagan, postmodern world of the American empire, the church needs once again to organize itself as a “funeral society.” Funerals are second only to baptisms as occasions for self-identification and proclamation in the pagan world. Here’s how to make the change:
Proclaim hope -- not harmony.
Stop rationalizing death. Death is awful. Deal with it. Death is meaningless. Get over it. Focus on hope. Talk about God’s victory. Stop trying to hold everyone’s hand. Stop focusing on putting a smile on everyone’s lips and building harmony. Any pagan can talk about mutual support.
Eulogize the fruits of the Spirit. Stop reminiscing the lives of the deceased. If they were Christians, they wouldn’t want that anyway --
Warning: If you recreate the “Funeral Society” ministry of the earliest church, two things will probably happen. First, you will do fewer funerals.
Funny that they would even admit that funerals are a great marketing tool for religion.