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Date: Aug 21 2013

Themes: Family, Health

Grammar: Modal Verbs


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When a loved one dies, most of us are grieving so much that it’s hard to do anything else. Yet in almost all cultures, family and friends expect the opportunity to say goodbye, either with a memorial service, traditional funeral, or even to scatter someone’s ashes. There are many ways to honor a person who has passed away.

Although it may feel like a somber time, a lot of people hope their own funerals will be celebratory. Sometimes the person who has died has already asked friends and family to do something fun or moving in honor of the way they experienced life. It feels important to do our best to fulfill these wishes.

Find out what’s happening in Marni’s family as she and Devan talk about funerals in this English lesson.





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Marni:  I just got a notice in the mail that an old aunt died and I have to attend her funeral.

Devan:  Oh my gosh! I’m so sorry.

Marni:  It’s OK. She was 98, so she lived a good life. But I do want to go and pay my respects.

Devan:  Is her memorial service going to be celebratory, or is your family more serious about these kinds of things?

Marni:  I think it should be fairly celebratory. A woman who lived until 98, that’s a pretty miraculous thing. I know there’s going to be a lot of family there that are really intensely grieving. The grieving process is so different for so many people that I’m a little nervous about some of my family members and how they’re going to take it.

Devan:  That’s true. Have you thought about your own funeral, what kind of celebration you want to have?

Marni:  I would want my funeral to be celebratory and hopefully moving for people. I don’t want it to be a somber affair.


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Marni just learned some sad news: Her 98 year old aunt has passed away. She’s planning to go to the funeral, but Marni’s a little nervous because members of her family are grieving for their loss and it can be challenging to know how to help.

Devan wants to support Marni and shares her sympathy about Marni’s aunt. She’s curious to know what the funeral will be like, since some people prefer to turn funerals into a celebration, and others are more somber and serious. Devan wonders if thinking about funerals has caused Marni to think about her own one day and what she’d want it to be like.

Whether it’s a funeral or memorial service, or even something less formal, it’s important to come together to honor the people we love who are no longer with us. It’s helpful to say goodbye, but perhaps the best part of doing this is sharing the memories we cherish.

Have you attended a funeral? Was it helpful to you? How would you like to be remembered by the important people in your life?



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  times flies, we need to hold on the time to do some useful things. i have been in a few funerals and i never forget how sadness i was, but i also know i have to living on and try my best do well.

  i hope people will rememer me as a good hearted woman.

08:33 AM Aug 25 2013 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

everyone will die some day and nobody is immortal.but the thing is what to do in order to be rememberd? i have lost my father.the important things i’ve remembered is his kindness,generous,and his patience.that’s i really miss him alot.

10:41 PM Aug 21 2013 |




Yes, I already attended a funeral. It’s a hard time for all family mainly for the closer ones.

The only sure we have in the life is that one day we are goinng to die. I’d like to be remembered as a person with goodness, hard worker, good father and good husband, but also especially a person who followed a God.

04:06 PM Aug 21 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i’ve lost my aunt when i was smaller,also my uncle.i still miss them alot.when they were alive i thought i never wont lost them.i hope i treated to them alittle more kindly

03:23 PM Aug 21 2013 |



therefore, Life is beautiful ,

therefore, we have to treat them very well when they are alive yet ,

therefore, its very important to make them smile in life.

01:46 PM Aug 21 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

I wish I’d paid better attention. I didn’t yet think of time as finite. I didn’t fully appreciate the stories she told me until I became adult,

01:42 PM Aug 21 2013 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

 thinking about of  funeral and death is painful,but this work help you  attention on life, family,friends,......
passed away is a bridge for go to life  good in the paradise or  hell

11:41 AM Aug 21 2013 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I wish to be remembered as a person who helped people along the way and made a difference in the quality of their lives and a person with good maner:))

10:56 AM Aug 21 2013 |




I have attended my grandmother’s furneral.She lived a long life to 92.She passed away very peacefully.The funeral was traditional one,because it would be suitable for the elder person.

I haven’t thought for my own.I think it is ridiculous.I want to live long and happily.Time never goes back,so grab your time.donot spend time on thinking of merorial service,live the life!!!

10:50 AM Aug 21 2013 |

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I don’t care about my funeral at all.whether is it important how it will be if i don’t see it,don’t feel it..?

I prefer to be useful,helpful now,untill I’m alive.To know that somebody is happy because of me,to see my kids educated and well-bread,my parents -healthy,to enjoy the beauty around and have faithful friends,to learn new things…-that’s I care about.

10:01 AM Aug 21 2013 |



say good by

09:45 AM Aug 21 2013 |



When my grandparents have passed away.it was somber days for me as a kid. they were valuable people for me as well.Unfortunately i couldnt attend their funerals their funerals were serious and we also dont arrange celebratory funerals in here.I think it’d be disrespecful .In Turkey as a religion requirements we dont burn the death body.we just bury them.

06:21 AM Aug 21 2013 |



United Arab Emirates

i always think that who had passed away will always be somewhere waitting for me until my turn comes.

this kind of memorize can not be forgeten.

05:39 AM Aug 21 2013 |



South Korea

i want my funeral to be like scattering my ashes… i don’t wanna have somber affair at all. just celebratory. 

04:34 AM Aug 21 2013 |



in my country when people passed away, the body will be fire ashed but there is do have a funeral. and they often turn the funeral into a celebration is the died people is died for old. i attended my aunt and uncle’s funeral they are two important people for me and i went to cry at thier funeral and missed them much. i always remembered the things they do in my life.

01:19 AM Aug 21 2013 |

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