As a ritual that marks the end of life, a funeral is a rite of passage.

Spiritually in dreams it signifies that we can put behind us matters that belong to the material world and can move into a more spiritual life.

In allowing others the opportunity to honour their memories, they may make their own adjustments to a change of status. When we appreciate that the funeral is a wake, the symbolism is literally of coming awake to the validity of other realms.