English Culture Videos

"Funerals"

Instructions: Watch this video and answer the questions. Then, read the script at the bottom of the page.

Where does this video take place?

Hi, I'm Randall, and I'm here at a city cemetery in the United States . . .

What often happens at a funeral in the United States?

Often, there is a funeral, and at the funeral, uh, speeches are given, often music, prayers and a time to remember the person who has died.

On Memorial Day, people often _____.

[On] Memorial Day, family members will come and uh, clean around the graves, leave flowers to remember the individual who has died, who has had an impact on their lives.

Online Investigations and Discussion Questions

In your country or area, what do people do when a friend or family member dies? How is the person remembered? Find at least two Web sites that explain the funeral practices and ceremonies of people in different cultures.

Video Script

Hi, I'm Randall, and I'm here at a city cemetery in the United States to talk just briefly about what Americans do when someone dies. Often, there is a funeral, and at the funeral, uh, speeches are given, often music, prayers and a time to remember the person who has died.

After the funeral, the deceased is brought to cemetery like this and is laid to rest. Often, speeches are given, and then during certain times of the year, uh, one example is Memorial Day, family members will come and uh, clean around the graves, leave flowers to remember the individual who has died, who has had an impact on their lives.