I think the magnitude of the Lamentations only takes full shape when you have a culture that understands lamenting the departed. How many lamentations do you say for a loved one? 10? 30? 50? How many for the Son of God, Creator of the world? 117+! How long do we keep vigil for our loved ones before their burials? Half a day? A full day? How long for the Son of God, Creator of the world? At least two full days? The loss of the lamentation for the dead has likely affected our appetite for The Lamentations (which is still one of the most popular services in the entire year - but for many it has been shortened greatly).