Being a Kohen has allowed death to become less a reality for me then for others. It’s not that we don’t experience losses but we don’t directly say goodbye to the majority of the departed. Observant followers of the Kohen tradition only attend funerals of those individuals of their immediate family as prescribed by G-D’s law to Aaron’s son’s. It gives us the ability to distance ourselves from the immediate pain of a grieving family member and might even make us appear a bit cold. Yet the loss can become even more bitter over-time because we never have a closure that others have at such moments. A Kohen’s perspective on death is almost as if it didn’t occur but continues instead.