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Dec 15, 2006 @ 11:25 AM Funny Funeral Stories    
luvmycats


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I posted something that I did at my husbands visitation in the Feeling Awkward thread and someone asked me some questions about my post. I am making a new thread so as not to highjack that one, and so others can share.

I am hoping I am not the only one that has funny things that happened at funerals, I have a few. My husband and I had talked about what we wanted when our time came. We had even picked out our caskets. Discussed what we wanted to wear, where we wanted to be buried, what kind of music, etc.

You have to understand, he didn't have anything to do with his family nearly the whole time I was with him. I only seen his mom twice, the last time being 2 years before he passed. His entire family hated me, with the exception of his daughter that lived with us. Although she has since had her mind changed.

His son was in the army and it took 2 days for me to track him down. on the Red Cross. I waited until he got here before I made any plans besides where to have his funeral. (we had talked about that too)

His son didn't like anything I suggested, but I did stick to my guns about certain things. Tim made me promise to have him buried with a computer mouse in one hand and a coffee cup in the other. His son went crazy. He said he didn't want people to think that, that was all his dad did. I asked him Why, its true. (he was a disabled Vet) So I agreed not to put them in there until just before they closed the lid.

The first thing I did that is now funny (wasn't then of course) During visitation I was sitting on a couch in front of his casket. A woman walked up there and stood for a long time. She then came over and started talking to me, (can't remember what she said) I looked at her and said, "I'm sorry, I don't know who you are" she yelled "I AM HIS MOTHER!" ooops... The war was on!

The 2 times I had seen her, she didn't even talk to me. She had red hair and big glasses, when she came to the funeral home, she was blonde and no glasses. And keep in mind it had been 2 years.

I will share more later when I see some of your stories. Trust me, it doens't end there. He would have been laughing his a$$ off.
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 11:26 AM Funny Funeral Stories    
LipGlossQueen9


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I always laugh at funerals because laughing is something I do when I feel tension in a room or wrhen I get nervous about something. Other than that when my grandfather died we all did the Italian thing and went back to his house after the funeral and told stories about times he did things that were hilarious, which I kind of thought was inappropriate but I understood why it was happening.
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 11:35 AM Funny Funeral Stories    
luvmycats


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Well LGQ, if you thought that wasn't appropriate, then what my family does at funerals won't sit well with you either.

My family has a twisted sense of humor. When my mom was getting close to her time, I asked her if she would mind if I said a few things at her funeral. I wrote it all out and read it to her. She loved it. I wrote some of the funny stories she told us while we were growing up about when she grew up. I included a story about each of her sisters that were still living. It broke the tention and made everyone laugh. I got so many compliments, that when my niece passed I did the same thing at her funeral and invited anyone up to share too, so many of her friends came up including 3 ex boyfriends. It seemed so healing for everyone, and for the family that hadn't heard the stories about her friends very comforting. She would have been the one laughing the loudest. I even played the song by Toby Keith, "I'll Never Smoke Weed With Willy Again"

I also spoke at my husbands, more on that later.
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 11:39 AM Funny Funeral Stories    
encorrgbl


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Oddly enough, when I've been to funerals for loved ones or the parents of loved ones/friends, we made sure to laugh and joke, to try and help the person who was suffering the loss. It was a welcome thing, and helped that person. So there has been laughter at funerals (so I suppose the odd part is that I've never seen it to be odd).

Now when I and my friends lost a dear friend at the beginning of the year, it was hard to joke or laugh, for we all felt the loss. And the odder part was, that the person that had passed away was one of the biggest jokers/fooler arounders there was! We miss him, and although that day wasn't filled with laughter when we said goodbye, we laugh at the things he used to do now, and even make a little fun of him like he's still here. There was one moment, at the funeral, when is brother stood up in the back, and said one thing I won't forget, that he knew our friend, his brother, would have said to us if he'd been there with us, "What are you all crying about?" lol! He knew he'd want us to remember him with laughter, and so we do.

Life is a serious thing 24/7. Darn shame it doesn't last too long. I'd rather be remembered in laughter (even for being a utter dork) than remembered with tears...

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Dec 15, 2006 @ 11:45 AM Funny Funeral Stories    
luvmycats


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I'd rather be remembered in laughter (even for being a utter dork) than remembered with tears...

Me too Enc...uhh not the dork part cuz, I am a perfect little angel.






AAAKKKKKK THE SKY IS FALLING!
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 11:45 AM Funny Funeral Stories    
Heaveninawildflower


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We miss him, and although that day wasn't filled with laughter when we said goodbye, we laugh at the things he used to do now, and even make a little fun of him like he's still here.

Same here...about two dozen of us moved here to Phoenix from Connecticut, and we lost one of our number last year. He was also one of the practical jokers, and it was totally unexpected...he'd been sitting on my desk chatting the afternoon he died. The memorial service was one he'd have loved though...he'd always worn a baseball cap at work, so in his honor, we all wore baseball caps and each of us told stories of how he'd made us laugh...lots of laughter mixed with tears.
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 11:56 AM Funny Funeral Stories    
luvmycats


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Oh Heaven thats GREAT, so you will understand this.

I am not a "dresser" I wear clothes for comfort, so when Tim died, my daughter took me shopping and I bought 2 "nice" outfits. I wore one to the visitation, the next morning as I was getting dressed, I seen my camouflage biboveralls laying there and "something" came over me. I ripped off the "nice" outfit and put my bibs on. When I came out of the bedroom, my family started clapping. My niece said "Uncle Mary would love it!"

More on "Uncle Mary" later
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 12:29 PM Funny Funeral Stories    
carpediem48


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Heaven...when I saw your post I knew what Luv was going to say....but wait...the best is yet to come.....ask her what TIM wore....no....wait a minute don't tell them Luv....make them guess....it's a hoot

Heaven I can just see all those baseball caps
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 2:24 PM Funny Funeral Stories    
sweet5red


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LOL now that was rich.. luvs.. this isnt funny but when my sons best friend died.. his sister kept playing the song its so hard to say goodby to yesterday ( boys to men) and when his casket was in the ground my son and his friends came back to the cemetery and each poured a 40 on the grave.. ( 40 oz beer) it was known as slippin the homie a 40.. My son use to act like he was a thug right down to the dang saggin pants i am glad he outgrew that.. Sweet N Louisiana
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 2:51 PM Funny Funeral Stories    
luvmycats


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Awe Sweet, that was so cool of them to do. I took Tim a cup of cappiciono on the anniversary of his death. Its healing huh? Those boys knew what they were doing.

I'm not familar with the song though. Too old and country I guess.
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 8:47 PM Funny Funeral Stories    
Jankia


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This isnt funny but it is strange.I was asked to be a pall bearer for the brother of one of my Spanish friends in highschool.I never knew he was even alive until he died.I knew he had two brothers but never knew of the fourth.
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 9:54 PM Funny Funeral Stories    
luvmycats


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Jan, you didn't say, did you do it?

I had to be a pall bearer for my husband, think THAT didn't suck? His family was/is....there just aren't any words I can use to describe them that I can use here.
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 10:05 PM Funny Funeral Stories    
DoorWatcher


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Luv, You were a pall bearer at your husband's funeral???
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 10:16 PM Funny Funeral Stories    
luvmycats


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Sure was Door. My husband had asked me not to even contact his family as they didnt' want anything to do with him when he was alive. I couldn't do that.

When the lady at the funeral home asked me about pall bearers, I told her my family would take care of it. His son went off! He said he and his uncles would do it. To not cause even more conflict she suggested one family carry him from the funeral home to the hearst, and the other family from the hearst to his grave. On the way there, one of the guys had a flat tire and my nephew stopped to help him. When we all got to the cemetary we were 2 men short. One of his brothers finally stepped forward and said he would do it, the rest of them just stood there giving us dirty looks, so I finally said a VERY bad word and grabbed ahold of the casket myself. Not mad that I had to do it, it was after all the very last thing I could do for him, just pissed that his family has to be the way they are.
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 10:21 PM Funny Funeral Stories    
Jankia


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Jan, you didn't say, did you do it?
Sure I did,how could I not do that for his brother,he was my friend.
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 10:22 PM Funny Funeral Stories    
luvmycats


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Good for you Jan, I know how hard it is to do.
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 10:25 PM Funny Funeral Stories    
hercules1944


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His son didn't like anything I suggested, but I did stick to my guns about certain things. Tim made me promise to have him buried with a computer mouse in one hand and a coffee cup in the other.

I like that idea. A mouse in one hand and an Miller Genuine in the other. Do you suppose some jokester would come up and push the delete on the mouse?
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 10:28 PM Funny Funeral Stories    
luvmycats


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Do you suppose some jokester would come up and push the delete on the mouse?

I'm sure his family wanted to delete ME!
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 10:35 PM Funny Funeral Stories    
countryboy69995


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There is no fun being way hung over and seeing a dead body. Even when your related to it. It kind of gives you an up set stumick but hey some folks celebrate a death in the family.
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Dec 15, 2006 @ 10:36 PM Funny Funeral Stories    
hercules1944


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I was referring to my own funeral.
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