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Spock funeral

The funeral of Captain Spock, 2285, using the Flag of the Federation

Funerals were ceremonial actions associated with the body of a dead humanoid. Funerals often differed across cultures and could play an important role in religious beliefs.

Officers in Starfleet often decided to have a traditional Earth "burial at sea", changed for starships to a burial in space. The deceased was put in a photon torpedo casing, with the flag of the Federation (or, in some cases, the flag of Starfleet Command) draped across it. A senior officer or someone close to the deceased usually said a eulogy, after which another officer blew a Boatswain's whistle as those gathered for the funeral stood at attention. The torpedo casket was then launched or beamed into open space. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; DS9: "Tears of the Prophets"; VOY: "Alliances", "Coda", "One Small Step", "Ashes to Ashes"; ENT: "Similitude") Civilians were known, according to their wishes, to receive a similar burial, except they were placed inside a different kind of container and beamed into space. (TNG: "The Schizoid Man")

John Kelly burial

The funeral of Lt. John Kelly, 2376, using the Starfleet Command Flag

In 2376, the Starfleet practice of burial in space directly conflicted with the Kobali practice of salvaging corpses for reanimation as a means of procreation. The body of the late Ensign Lyndsay Ballard of the USS Voyager, who died and was buried in space in 2374, was reanimated to become Jhet'leya. (VOY: "Ashes to Ashes")

In 2267, after the shuttlecraft Galileo crash landed on Taurus II and Lieutenant Latimer was murdered by an anthropoid living there, Lieutenant Boma helped prepare a burial service for Latimer and hoped Spock, who was in command of the Galileo's stranded crew, would say a few words in order to give Latimer "a decent burial." Due to extreme time constraints, however, Spock declined, much to Boma's frustration. Spock and another of the stranded crew, Doctor Leonard McCoy, debated which of they themselves should preside over the ceremony, Spock believing that McCoy should because he possibly knew "the correct words for such an occasion." After Lieutenant Gaetano was also killed by an anthropoid, Boma insisted that he be given a burial, but since the anthropoids were in the area, Spock was anxious to allow that. He eventually relented, though, granting Gaetano's funeral as long as the anthropoids permitted it. (TOS: "The Galileo Seven")

Latimer's burial isn't shown in the final version of "The Galileo Seven" but was scripted. In the episode's final draft script, an initial stage direction for that scene described the ceremony thus; "McCoy, Mears, Boma and Gaetano are gathered around a small mound of earth a few feet away from Galileo. McCoy throws a handful of dirt on the mound." The script proceeded with him announcing, "Dust thou art, and to dust shall thou return. Amen." This was followed by Boma, Gaetano, and Yeoman Mears replying, "Amen." However, the burial was then interrupted by a strange, mysterious grating noise, actually created by one of the anthropoids, which can be heard in the episode.

The funeral for Lieutenant Tasha Yar was performed on a holodeck projecting a pastoral scene and a prerecorded postmortem address by Yar. (TNG: "Skin of Evil")

Data studied various aspects of ceremonial funeral actions while researching the proper way to say goodbye to Ro Laren and Geordi La Forge, while it was believed that they had been killed in a transporter accident. In Data's research, he revealed that "in almost all societies, it is traditional to say a ritual farewell to those you call friends." (TNG: "The Next Phase")

In 2369, a private Ferengi funeral was held at Quark's after the death of Zek. (DS9: "The Nagus")

Gul Dukat told Constable Odo that he attended the funeral for Gul Darhe'el, held on Cardassia. Darhe'el was buried under one of the largest military monuments. (DS9: "Duet")

The Vhnori employed thanatologists to guide their dying to the Next Emanation. Doctor Neria was one such thanatologist, chief thanatologist of his facility. (VOY: "Emanations")

A wake was an old Irish tradition that involved people staying with a person's body until the funeral. (DS9: "The Ship", "The Sound of Her Voice")

In 2373, Kira Nerys buried Tekeny Ghemor next to her father on Bajor. Gul Dukat had wanted to take him back to Cardassia, but Benjamin Sisko informed him, "Legate Ghemor's funeral arrangements have already been taken care of." (DS9: "Ties of Blood and Water")

The original script for the episode "Dax" said that Miles and Keiko O'Brien went back to Earth to attend the funeral of Keiko's mother. This was changed in the final episode, and the two instead went back to Earth to attend her 100th birthday. [1]

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