One of Rome’s oldest of Goddesses, ''Nenia Dea'' was The Patroness of Funerals. In fact, ‘’She’’ was invoked every time Funerals were held – despite the Social standing of the Deceased. The Ritual applied was a Funeral dirge (song), played or sang by Mourners. In this way, Nenia Dea ‘’was present’’ with each Funeral. She took on a ‘’physical’’ - although unseen - form as such. Failure to venerate Nenia Dea in this manner, risked the Deceased Soul not achieving eternal peace and becoming a Mane (or Ghost).