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I Went to a Funeral

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    Recently I attended a funeral

    for my brother-in-law, Stan. When he passed no one called us to let us know. His wife, Sue, is my husband's sister. We found out through social media. When asking how he was doing, over the months of cancer treatments he endured, we were always told "okay", "no changes" that...
    AntieEm AntieEm 51-55, F Mar 17, 2014

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    4 years ago, I lost my grandfather(paternal).

    He passed away 11th December 2011. I attended his funeral with my brother. Not the best person I knew, he had anger problems in the past and it was shown during our childhood.
    Profweird Profweird 22-25, M Apr 22

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    My Grandfathers Celebration of Life Funeral

    I recently lost my grandfather to a terminal illness.  My Grandfather was the center of our family, and although we knew it was coming, no one was prepared for the how, and when.  It was the most agonizing 6 weeks I have ever gone through.  Towards the end, we...
    kellie1234 kellie1234 36-40 1 Response Aug 21, 2009

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    I hate them and not just

    because it's sad. It's always struck me that funerals are very strange things, or maybe just the ones I've attended. Everyone tries not to cry OR they're in complete hysterics, weeping and howling (usually the more distant relatives I find). All the while you can't quite grasp...
    Nenmir Nenmir 22-25, F 4 Responses May 2

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    I've Been to a Few of Them

    I've seen a few of these, but never a "living funeral," of which I'm a bigger believer.  After all, why get a celebration in one's honor after they can't feel the support and love?
    debmichelle debmichelle 36-40 Jul 25, 2008

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    My Grandfathers'

    It was my first funeral and hopefully i wont need to go to one for a long time.It was hard because i hadnt understood that he had passed away until i saw his coffin lying there, it just came as a big chock, then seeing all my familyand relatives crying and sobbing that you heard...
    UmbraEyes UmbraEyes 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 12, 2012

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    I Just Want To Hide Away In My House.

    So I went to a funeral last night and saw alot of people I went to school with and hung around when I was younger.  I was standing outside with some friends when I guy I haven't seen in a long time came over with his new baby.  He was going on and on about how he would...
    afaulk69 afaulk69 31-35, F Jun 12, 2010

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    My Dad's best friend has three boys,

    all about my age. We all grew up together, going on vacation together, watching baseball games together. Their grandpa (His name was John Parks) had been diagnosed with cancer about a year ago, and my dad and I visited them a lot to help in any way we could. When he passed, we...
    thewaytowonder thewaytowonder 13-15, F Jul 4, 2014

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    Too Many

    My mum's dad died when I was 8. It was the first time I guess experienced death properly. I knew something was wrong when my dad picked me up from school that day. I remember the funeral being full of people I didnt know, they all spoke Greek and the worst part was, I couldnt...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 13, 2008

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    Won't Go To Anymore Now... Not Even My Parents

    BUGGER THEM...!!!!i HAVE BEEN TO A FEW FUNERALSWERNERS, MARY, GRANDPARENTSAND A FEW OTHERSI JUST FIND THEM TOO PAINFULI DON'T WANT ANYONE COMING TO MY FUNERAL ANYWAYAND I REFUSE TO GO TO FAMILY GATHERINGS NOWI WILL NOT GO TO WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS ...MY PARENTS FEEL THE SAME WAY.
    czaristacrystals czaristacrystals 36-40, F 1 Response Jun 8, 2012

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    I've been to 3 funerals in my lifetime,

    and I'm only 17. I've been to my great uncle Ike's, my great uncle Jim's and my Poppa's. I wasn't too close to my great uncles, but my grandpa's funeral killed me. I made a speech for his funeral too, and I didn't think it'd be so hard to talk but it was the hardest thing I've...
    medicinedreams medicinedreams 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    May 10th, 2010.

    The day after Mother's Day, we buried my grandmother.  After eleven years, there was still a plot available right beside of my grandfather, so she was laid to rest alongside her husband.  I have made peace with her death, in knowing that all she really wanted was to be...
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 13, 2010

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    Fun At A Funeral

    It was my grandpas funeral today. I was worried about going as my mum and brother are very bad people who have done horrible things to me but I knew going was the right thing to do and I'm glad I went! Here's a few things that happened: A black boy, around 11 years old went up...
    baconrind baconrind 26-30, M Jun 7, 2013

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    First Time At 8 Years Old

    I have only been too two different funerals in my whole life. The first was my uncle in 2003, he was 69 years old. Recently last month my great grandmother Audrey died on February 15, 2011. I went to her funeral on February 18. She was 82 or 83. 
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 7, 2011

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    Grandfather...

    He died I think 3 years ago. So I went to the funeral, although I haven't seen him for about 6 years or something like that before. He always made fun of my mum (dad's father= grandfather) and about her way of raising her children (which were perfectly fine) and because she...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 4, 2008

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    Today I celebrated the life of one of the

    worlds greatest along with hundreds of other people. We miss you. We love you. Rest easy my friend :)
    Notadickjusthonest Notadickjusthonest 26-30, F Jun 3, 2014

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    Heroin overdose. It wasn't

    even administered by the dead man. Not the best man I've ever known, but no one would stop talking about how unfair it was for him to die. What the hell is a 'fair' death, then?
    ReykjaviktoZurich ReykjaviktoZurich 18-21, F Apr 22

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    You Know It's Been A Year?

    I remember the sun reflecting off the pond, taunting the small crowd that had gathered around the black coffin. I couldn't understand why it was such a beautiful day.. This would be so much easier if clouds had taken over the skies. Much more bearable. People from school had...
    StrippedxPride487 StrippedxPride487 18-21, M Jul 17, 2011

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    On Monay 8th June 2015 Me,

    my brother, my two cousins adam and lee, went to our grandfathers funeral, and we was the coffin bearers not the nicest experience, i have had but it was my nan wanted us the grandkids to carry the coffin and i was shocked cause alot of people showed up in Park Chapel, then went...
    GothSlayer GothSlayer 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 17

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    The Worst By Far

    I've written about this several times, there's a blog where I posted an essay in progress about it. No matter how many times I write it or share it, it doesn't make dealing with it any easier. Duane and I grew up together. I met him when I was 6, he was 4. Who knew eleven years...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 6, 2009

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    It Was My Grandmothers....

    I was 23 and it was my first ever funeral. I found it pretty harrowing and cried throughout most of the whole service. It felt eerie as well. I guess I also had a lot of guilt issues around my grandmothers passing. I could have been a much better granddaughter and not been so...
    Jenni855 Jenni855 26-30, F May 20, 2011

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    Yeah, 2008 Hasn't Been the Greatest Year

    This was supposed to be the best year of my life. 2008 was the year I have been looking forward too since......the beginning of high school because it was the year I would graduate and start college. Well...that wasn't the only event I would go through. In February, my...
    Bloo Bloo 22-25, F Aug 18, 2008

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    Hello EP... I just came back from my

    stepfather's grandmother's funeral... I was on a guilt trip the whole time, and I got the chance to talk with my cousin who just recently graduated and is off to nursing college... I felt happy for her and wished them the best.... I feel ready to be back on here and speak to my...
    BloodFanatic BloodFanatic 18-21, M 2 Responses May 19

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    Many. Trying to plan my own at the moment.

    No morbid stuff! I want everyone to come in bright colours! I have no faith, so no religious platitudes! Toying with the idea that instead of readings. Those who want to should feel happy to stand up and tell a memory they have of me! Something funny I did! Something that made...
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 2 Responses Apr 23

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    The First Time

    I was 15 when Mike's dad died, he was 16. Back then we had the circle. This was the first death the circle had encountered as a group, this was my first ever. I didn't know his dad terribly well, but enough. He used to give me a ride home. That was pretty cool. Me and Mike and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 15, 2010

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    It was my first one today,

    It was hard, I cried the whole way through and even my dad who doesn't cry often cried. R.I.P Nicky
    d01lenno d01lenno 13-15, M 1 Response Sep 5, 2014

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    Today was my 2nd funeral this month!

    When will the people around me stop dying? :(
    xxalicerosexx xxalicerosexx 16-17, F Sep 1, 2014

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    LongLiveRockAndRoll LongLiveRockAndRoll 26-30, M Sep 29, 2013

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    A month ago, a friend's mom passed away.

    Today I went to the viewing for another friend, whose sister passed away suddenly. I guess I am at that stage in life.
    ozziejo ozziejo 51-55, M May 2, 2014

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    Plenty to Remember

    Grandfather, grandmother, 2 friends, 6 older friends from my church, my sisters baby, and if you want to count my very emotional friends loss of her dog; went to that funeral too.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 18, 2008

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    My Grandmother's Funeral.

    I went to my first funeral today - it was the funeral for my grandmother (my mother on my father's side). Both my grandparents on my mother's side are dead, my grandfather on that side dying long before I was born, and my grandmother on that side (affectionately known as Nana...
    TobiasNorth TobiasNorth 18-21, M Jul 1, 2013

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    It was my first funeral

    that I went to. My uncle, Mike, had just passed. It wasn't chaotic as I imagined it, although it was gloomy as I pictured. At least there was cake, it was my uncle's birthday. So yeah, it was something...
    Jesse686 Jesse686 16-17, M Dec 28, 2014

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    Two In One Week.

    my cousin joey died in the house fire down in denver last week sometime... and to make it even more sadder his mama died the day before him from brain cancer. Me and my family went to her funeral today. it was sad but i made a video that they played at the funeral. it was...
    asdflkjghlove asdflkjghlove 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 11, 2008

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    I went to my very first funeral a few weeks ago.

    My great grandmother or as we called her "Super Nan" passed away at the age 93 due to heart failure. It was a sad day but I was happy at the same time. She finally got to be reunited with her husband who died 20 years earlier due to a heart attack. Those 20 years for my great...
    Liv4Life Liv4Life 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 12, 2014

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    My Little Share Of The World

    the 1st time I went to a funeral, I was 5. If was my great-grandfather's. I remember him enjoying the things we did together: play catch, take walks, play with dolls. I was too young then to understand, but he had Alzheimer's. Then there was my grandfather, my other grandfather...
    strangerinacrowd strangerinacrowd 31-35, F Jun 18, 2012

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    My Great Aunts Funeral

    At first when I heard of my aunts death I didn't really have any pains it almost seemed like I didn't care. I don't think I really believed it at first (I was 13). I was nervous about going to a funeral. I went to my grandma's funeral but I was way to young to remember that. When...
    Fleo94 Fleo94 18-21, F Oct 17, 2013

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    I Played Ode to Joy At My Grandfather's Funeral

    the sound of it on the organ in the big church was echoeying and odd. after i played i took my shoes off and ran through the cemetery. it was a long time ago. i don't remember it well.
    tearaway tearaway 22-25, F Jul 25, 2008

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    Memories-Did I Make a Difference?

    I went to a co-workers funeral yesterday.  As I sat waiting for the funeral to start, I looked around at the other people who were there.  Some I knew and some I didn't.  I wondered how each of the people there had touched the co-workers life who had died. Had...
    PeedeeDog PeedeeDog 66-70 1 Response Aug 8, 2008

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    Levity At A Funeral

    I am from a large family and then married into a larger family, so you can say I am from a large family. With a large family comes the inevitable time when someone passes away. One November, about 15 years ago one of my uncles succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 53...
    Lucas69 Lucas69 56-60, M Oct 21, 2010

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    My daughters grandfather died.

    It's been sad. My head is pounding from crying. I'm so glad to be around loving ppl.
    tixy0209 tixy0209 26-30, F Apr 8, 2014

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    Today... I went to my first funeral.

    . By didn't I cry I cried when the coffin turned up...I cried when we followed it in.. I cried more when the curtains shut...
    Ridingtonewyork Ridingtonewyork 16-17, F Mar 24, 2014

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    Went to pay my respects,

    was much more intense than I expected. Now I'm weirdly numb and about to dance the night away. Life too short.
    AndreiTarkovsky AndreiTarkovsky 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 15, 2014

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    The Saddest One

    I've been to many funerals, more than I care to count. I've also been unable to get myself to go to funerals at times. The saddest funeral I ever went to was for the 10 year old daughter of my boss who was killed in a freak skiing accident. I had never been to a funeral for a...
    femme7 femme7 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 9, 2008

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