Unfortunately, my wife's grandmother just passed away recently, and I got to experience a Spanish funeral. I've been to funerals in three different countries (United States, Korea, and Spain), and each country has its own customs and culture. There are similarities and differences among all three. In this episode of the More Than English Podcast, I will explain a typical American funeral, the typical process that happens on that day, some vocabulary that are probably going to be new, as well as some expressions for you to use to say to the family in case you're ever invited to go to a funeral in America.
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VOCABULARY and EXPRESSIONS
(The words and terms are in order of when you will hear them)
Flying solo – Doing something by yourself
To pass away – (expression) An easier way to say somebody has died
“He unfortunately passed away 4 years ago.”
To get the opportunity to ____ – To get the chance to do something
“I got the opportunity to experience a Spanish funeral.”
What a ____ looks like – The way something is done
“I’m going to share with you what a typical American funeral looks like.”
“A Catholic funeral might look a bit different than a non-religious funeral.”
The big picture – How something is done in general. The big idea.
“Of course, it depends on many things, but we’re going to look at the big picture.”
… if not… – (expression) something could be one option or another
“It usually happens a few days later if not the following week.”
Funeral home – the place where you normally go to pay your last respects at the viewing
Viewing – the time when people go to the funeral home to see the family and the person who passed away
To pay your last respects – (expression) to say your last goodbye and say I’m sorry to the family
“People can go to the viewing to pay their last respects to the deceased.”
Funeral – the service at the gravesite
Casket – the box where the dead body is
To say a few words – to say some sentimental things
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