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Post Funeral. . .

I was by far the youngest person at the funeral. I was surrounded by my Uncles and Aunts, and Gread Uncles and Great Aunts.

It was very odd, and very solemn. It was a very powerful experience. I've never seen a color guard perform the ritual and I had tears rolling down my face by the end of it. I can understand the no flag burning amendment people at times like that.

It's the first funeral I've been to as an adult. I've had other people in my life die, but was denied the opportunity to attend their funerals by selfish parents who decided that there would be no funeral for them, or that friends were not welcome at the funeral, and had to deal with the grieving process on my own, or with friends associated with the departed and left in the same lurch as I was.



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Sep. 25th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
The 21-rifle salute can be a very intense moment. My grandfather fought in WWII and his VFW friends did the salute at his funeral. If I remember (it's been 10+ years), I didn't cry until the salute.

For some reason I thought it kind of symbolized how much he gave to his country and the challenges that he faced along the way. You don't need to have nationalist sentiments or even be the least bit patriotic for this to make sense. He did what he believed was right and faced death every day in his pursuit of justice.

Kind of changes your perspective, huh?
Sep. 25th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed.
Sep. 25th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
hugs. I'm around if you need an ear
Sep. 26th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
you doing ok?

let me know if you need to vent.
Sep. 26th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm ok, I didnt know him all that well, but I feel for my Grandma, it was just a very powerful experience. Nothing remotely like the situation with Josh.

Sep. 26th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
Best wishes to your grandma and you...
sometimes the harder thing about someone dying is seeing those you love in pain.
Sep. 27th, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)
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