Hi Elisha! I deleted the multiple bumps. In the future, please don't do that in such a short time frame. The post wasn't here all that long.
All I can say in answer to your question is that people act funny at funerals. I attended an Eastern Orthodox funeral a long time ago (at an OCA parish in New England, I won't say what nationality but they were so-called "ethnic/cradle" Orthodox.) where the people were not only mourning loudly, but the deceased woman's two sons started fist fighting and wrestling on the ground shouting, "You did this to Mom!"...""No, you did!"...etc.
I also know that people have gotten quite emotional at the funerals of Orthodox members of my own family. You will find that funerals in some parts of the world can be like that, particularly in some Middle Eastern and African cultures. It is not that they don't believe in the hope of the Ressurrection that St. Paul spoke about, but human beings can't help but be distressed at these times. They weep as much for the loss they will feel in their own lives as they do for the departed.
Sorry about the Bump - I didn't want the thread to be lost in the shuffle.
Yes, at some of our funerals people have been emotional - but not as bad as your example. I'm sure it happened though and understand the anxiety of the situation. The only other Eritrean funeral of recent memory (not mine, but the priest's) at our church was a couple of years back where a teenager was murdered - again, gang related sadly. I'm told the people were very loud, crying, screaming, etc. I think this was in the church though, so distressing for the priest. He probably actually went to church somewhat recently as opposed to this recent tragedy. I'm wondering if they will behave the same if one of their older members dies (there are several that are not young). Again, I'm wondering if it is a Coptic/Eritrean/whatever custom to mourn so "dreadfully" for the lack of a better term.