Funerals are sad, you mourn the loss of a loved one. You celebrate the joy they brought to you and to others. And at some funerals, traditions bring to bare comfort through difficult times.
That is unless your tradition of releasing birds next to a busy highway outside the grave yard leads to bird murder!
The larger "Oh My GOD" from a few let's you know, that bird isn't getting up and flying home for the summer. He's dead.