Pope Shenouda III of the Coptic Christians died last weekend. On the next day, his body was put on display at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo, Egypt. Mourners overcrowded the cathedral and caused a stampede in which three people died.
So, one person dies and the next day, three people die at his pre-funeral ceremony.
If this continues at the same rate, the funerals of these three victims will cause 3 x 3 = 9 victims tomorrow. These 9 people will be laid to rest later in the week and 3 x 9 = 27 people will be crushed to death. And so on, and so on. Soon, mankind will become extinct. Or at least Egypt will.
I reckon if I get invited to a funeral, I will rather come up with a creative excuse and will stay away as far as possible.
But then I have always been wary about attending funerals ever since I saw the news about the Milltown Cemetery attack in 1988:
If I will ever die, please don’t feel compelled to rent a cathedral and pack it full of people.