Ro Laren: I was raised with Bajoran beliefs. And I even followed some of the practices. But I never really believed in a life after death. And then suddenly I was dead... and there was this other life. And that made me feel like I'd been pretty arrogant, to discount everything I'd been taught, you know? Now I don't know what to believe.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Hmm... Well, maybe we should develop our own interphase device. If it can teach Ro Laren humility, it can do anything.
[both laugh heartily]
Lt. Commander Data: In almost all societies, it is traditional to say a ritual farewell to those you call friends. I never knew what a friend was until I met Geordi. He spoke to me as though I were human. He treated me no differently from anyone else. He accepted me for what I am. And that, I have learned, is friendship.
Lt. Commander Data: But I do not know how to say goodbye.
[Ro and La Forge are entering their spirited memorial service]
Ensign Ro Laren: I don't believe this - they think we're dead and they're having a party?
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Yeah. It's perfect!
[after an accident, Ro thinks they are dead and some kind of spirits]
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: But... my uniform! My VISOR! Are you saying I'm some blind ghost with clothes?
Ensign Ro Laren: I don't have all the answers. I've never been dead before.
[Data has been given charge of arranging a memorial service for Geordi and Ro. Picard and Riker enter the lounge and find balloons, cocktails, and a brass band playing a lively tune]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Well, this is... unusual.
Commander William T. Riker: [grinning] Yeah. I think I like it.
[Data is asking Worf for advice about La Forge's and Ro's funeral; the "ghostly" La Forge and Ro are watching]
Lt. Commander Data: Ensign Ro was a Bajoran. Her beliefs should be reflected as well. However, their death rituals are quite complicated.
Ensign Ro Laren: [groans] Oh, please, not the death chant.
Lieutenant Worf: The Bajoran death chant is over two hours long.
Lieutenant Worf: I am very happy for Commander La Forge. He has crossed over to that which is beyond. For a Klingon, this is a joyful time. A friend has died in the line of duty, and he has earned a place among the honored dead. It is not a time to mourn.
Ensign Ro Laren: [visiting Picard in his ready room] Captain...
[stops short, not knowing what to say]
Ensign Ro Laren: I don't believe this. I'm dead. You can't even hear me, and I'm still intimidated by you.
Ro Laren: [to Picard] I just... wanted to say thank you - for trusting in me when no one else would.
Lt. Commander Data: Geordi. It is good to see you.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Thanks, Data. I've never been to a better funeral.
Ensign Ro Laren: [still phased, to Riker] Now I s'ppose I'll never know what you were gonna say about me.
[shoots him in the head with a phased disruptor]
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Ro! Boy, am I glad to see you. And I'm really glad that you can see *me*.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I've been thinking about the first time I met Geordi La Forge. He was a young officer, assigned to pilot me on an inspection tour. And I made some offhand remark about the... shuttle's engine efficiency not being what it should. And the next morning I found that... he'd stayed up all night refitting the fusion initiators. Well, I knew then that I wanted to have him with me on my next command.
Lt. Commander Data: Do you think the others will find this service appropriate?
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Look around you, Data. Everybody's sharing their memories of Geordi and Ro, laughing and talking. What could be more appropriate than that?