Involvement vs detachment

Attended a funeral today of someone I didn’t really know. At certain moments the minister was clearly struggling with tears, and I found myself affected by his grief.

How much professional detachment can clergy sustain when personal feelings are involved? Is it a help to have a set form of service?


One response to “Involvement vs detachment

  1. Maybe for the clergy, but maybe not for the grieving family who would no doubt prefer a more personal service. This, however, is merely my own humble opinion (and I have been fortunate so far that this opinion is not based on personal experience).

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