I admit I'm a crier, not a wailer mind you, but a crier. I cry at weddings and at funerals. In fact, I don't even have to know the people well for me to tear up. When I do know the people there is no stopping me.
Funerals can be sad events with lots of tears but let's face it they can also be really good photo opportunities. Funerals are one of the true family gathering places. Family members who might skip a wedding because of schedule conflicts or childcare obligations rarely skip a funeral. People need the chance to say goodbye.
It's important to celebrate the living as much as it is to honor those that have passed. So the next time you go to a funeral don't forget to pack your camera. Do take family photos. Do capture those family members that you only see once every twenty years.
At your next funeral pay your respects, console the family and then subtly and with tact, capture the rest of your family for the future.
Here's a great shot of my Dad, my brothers and I at a funeral we attended in January 2002.