I went to a Quaker funeral. Before that, I'd known someone Quaker who explained their services. I believe generally children do not attend but go to a children's class. This is because their meetings are silent. They start out probably shaking hand or something before taking their seats and sitting quietly to pray or reflect. If anyone feels the spirit move them to say something, they will. This is how the funeral went as well. When someone speaks, generally no one responds. Everyone thinks quietly on what that person has said and only speaks when moved to do so. I'm sure the person who officiates the meeting eventually closes out the meeting...maybe that's when the handshaking goes on. That's how you know it's over and you can be more chatty I guess. It was nice, but really intense!
at 11:28 PM on Dec. 27, 2013