I laugh when I am nervous!!!Been raised in a catholic home in Ireland, I became very adept at the rituals & ceremonies within the church. As far as we were concerned God was an absent minded prankster who set everyone up for a fall, punishable by eternity in hell, being barbequed on a spit til the end of time. So when I accidently killed an already dying kitten, my aunt told me I was a murderer & no priest could ever forgive me.
Over the years while attending a host of elderly relatives who had passed on, I started to laugh at the bedside while all family around me were praying incessantly. Eventually I cracked up at every solemn occasion I ever attended.
Then when my darling Grandmother died, a person I loved dearly, I mentioned my issues regarding funerals to a client, who assured me it was a sign of nerves & I wasn't demon possessed as thought for accidently killing a kitten.
The client suggested I have a couple of brandy's to settle me & I'd be able to conduct myself in a dignified manner.
After downing 2 brandy's & dwelling on the great times I had with my gran, I noticed it was 7:00 pm I should've been at the funeral home 15 minutes beforehand. So I ran up the main street in Limerick & down another to the funeral home, I saw a woman from my home town, I greeted her before walking inside & over to the open casket.
To my horror, this looked nothing like my Gran, her hair was cut short & styled like a man's, she had make-up on when she never did while alive & looked 50 pounds heavier. I leaned over, kissed her forehead, said my goodbyes before proceeding to sit with the rest of my family. They were no-where to be seen, to my absolute horror, I realized I was in the wrong funeral parlour & thats why my 'Granny' looked very peculiar, it was because it wasn't her.
When I crossed the road to the right place, I could barely look at my actual Grandmother without starting to laugh, when asked by my sister why I was late & now laughing. I blurted out, I'd just kissed a corpse across the street & was in major trauma. I know my granny & other deceased relatives must've been cracking up laughing at my antics. To this day it makes many clients of mine roll around in fits of laughter.... LOL