All this being said, there is one time when I will wear white for a funeral - the Easter Season. As I said above, color speaks. When one examines the orations for a funeral Mass during the Easter Season there is a firm change in focus away from the forgiveness of sins and towards the resurrection. I will also wear white during the octave of Christmas, although, I'm not married to that one yet. It just seems, on a visceral level, to be appropriate. However, I'm open to arguments either way on that one.
So, these are my thoughts on funeral colors. Am I against black? No. I just don't see it speaking to our contemporary culture in a way that is going to effectively evangelize. But, again, I'm open to it. If I ever begin offering the sacred rites in the extraordinary form I'll most definitely find myself in black, and I'm still contemplating it for next All Soul's Day. We shall see.
Your comments are invited. Please be charitable.