Wednesday, 10 July 2013

The Funeral

On the day of the funeral I felt like an actress. I had a well-defined role to play that was going to be viewed under almost indescribably stressful circumstances. I had been to the doctor and a whole range of options had been explored. At one point there had even been a serious suggestion that I shouldn’t attend the funeral at all and that the “event” (Nan’s words) should be “hosted” (Nan’s words again) by my Grand Parents.

I said no, most firmly and decisively, and got the first of many monstrous slaps from Granddad for my trouble!

In the end I settled for beta-blockers; just for a few days either side of the funeral. That worked really well and was the right decision as I don’t think that I could have coped totally unaided.

A funeral, when you feel like you are the star of the show, is a nightmare. You think that everybody is looking at you hoping that you are not going to create a scene by exhibiting excessive signs of grief. Some sorrow is fine, even a few tears are allowed, but nothing more thanks very much!

The Hearse, followed by a short convoy of posh black cars, arrived at exactly the predicted time of 11:25. Then what seemed to me to be very close to a “one size fits all” service was taken by a vicar who didn’t know Mum and Dad at all. My parents were both science teachers, they were secular and proud of it. They wouldn’t have wanted a religious service but since they couldn’t speak out and since I hadn’t been asked that is exactly what happened.

The only personalised part was when I stood at the front and spoke just for a couple of minutes about how good Mum and Dad had been as parents. I felt that almost the entire audience were just waiting for me to break down but thanks to the beta blockers I managed to say all that I wanted to say.

Little did I realise that Nan and Granddad were simply furious that I had “shown off” (Nan’s words) by doing this eulogy. It wasn’t long before they got their revenge.

1 comment:

  1. You're very brave to speak at the funeral. My brother and Mum spoke but I couldn't. I cried the whole way through it. I felt it was very personal about my Dad though, and people who knew him well spoke kindly about him.