The Funeral-Food Connection
By Trusts EstatesProf on Death Event Planning
After a funeral, it is common for grieving family members and friends to gather for a feast, often at the decedent's home.
In He Would've Wanted Everyone to Eat, NY Times, Aug. 10, 2005, Abe Opincar explains the reasons behind this custom:
Funeral meals have always meant to assuage grief and to honor the dead and their beliefs about the hereafter. In America these meals also reflect ethnicity, health trends, state law and contemporary funeral practices. * * *
What is the origin of the funeral feast? Was it originally a cultic practice?
“Eat my body, drink my blood.”