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Saturday, 22 July 2017

The Funeral................

was, as funerals go, a good one.

The family met at late Dad and brother's house and then we walked to chapel following the hearse...............Dad's last journey from his house to Cotton Methodist Chapel, something he  had done thousands of times. Hymns and bible reading of his choosing and helpfully he'd written notes of memories of his Christian life from boyhood up to quite recently.
The family then drove the quarter mile down to the parish churchyard for the burial next to his wife and Col's lovely late mum and then back to Chapel where a local catering company had laid on such a spread that everyone had plenty to eat.

And we also brought quite a lot home.........
.........including these, have you ever seen anything so scrummy!
In the freezer now to come out one at a time!

Most of the family came back to our house, where late evening we fetched an Indian takeaway for 12 - which looked like a huge amount but ended up with only one naan bread and a bit of rice leftover.

The thing we all asked each other yesterday and are still puzzling over was "who were those two large ladies sitting at the back of the chapel?"!

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Sue

26 comments:

  1. Aah...a mystery...we had a gentleman turn up to an Uncles funeral tea in shorts and sandals...and who helped himself to food and took some home with him...nobody knew who he was...I even fetched him a cup of tea! Uncle would have laughed about it...A couple of weeks later Uncles friend was buried...and guess who turned up! Did the same thing...perhaps he had known them from years ago?! Perhaps not....perhaps he was just hungry...and we wouldn't deny a hungry man food. x

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  2. Glad the funeral went well, Sue, and you ended up having a bit of a smile about the two ladies. Mum's church used to have a number of people who were called professional funeral goers who went to every funeral in the town-apparently as they got older they liked to see who they had outlived! Catriona

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  3. Sorry for your loss I missed the post about this so apologies, it is surprising who turns up at funerals often faces we have never seen. Those cakes do look scrumptious.

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    1. Thank you,I wrote about it briefly on the 10th of July

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  4. People do that you know...... I was chatting to a lady when I used to work, she said I'm off to a funeral now, I said Oh dear, as you do. She said oh I don't know him I just like going to funerals...... Strange people around.........

    Julie xxx

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  5. Perhaps they were people he had come across in life somehow. I hope they weren't just gawkers, though I can't imagine going to a funeral just for fun. Perhaps they knew him a long time ago.

    Lovely - they look really yummy

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  6. Pleased to hear everything went as well as can be expected for a funeral.
    The two large ladies sitting at the back have me intrigued.
    I'm choosing to think that Col's dad had a secret life and the two ladies were a part of that!

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  7. My mother in law was one of the volunteers at her Catholic church where a group of ladies provided a choice of two levels of post funeral meals. She told me there were several locals who came to every single funeral (and meal!) and it was because "they liked to see how the family was coping!". JanF

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  8. In rural Norfolk funerals are treated as something all locals go to whether or not they knew the deceased personally, but just"knew of them. I think there are also those who go to funerals to get at the food afterwards too, but they are something different.

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  9. So sorry for your loss. At least it sounds as if he had a send off he would like, and that's important.
    Ah! the mystery of the two ladies! Well, so many faces I didn't recognise at my own Dad's funeral, I'm glad they introduced themselves. Sometimes news travels faster than we realise, and old, maybe long forgotten friends turn up.
    We had a professional funeral attendee here, and trust me, he'd have ensured you didn't have half those cakes to take home.

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  10. Didn't realise you had had a loss in your family, so sorry. Lovely cakes!

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    1. He passed away peacefully on the 5th and I mentioned it in my post of the 10th

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  11. That sounds like Col's dad had a lovely send off. I sure he would have approved (and enjoyed those cakes too). Perhaps the ladies were childhood friends? Or just after a feast!

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  12. Very comforting "Dad's last journey from his house to Cotton Methodist Chapel, something he had done thousands of times" "the parish churchyard for the burial next to his wife and Col's lovely late mum" - a traditional funeral.

    Perhaps the two ladies were from the Methodist Chapel congregation.

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    1. No they weren't local or we would have known them.

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  13. So sorry to hear that Col has just lost his Dad.

    The two ladies at the back of the chapel would have intrigued me, I would have had to ask how they knew Col's Dad.

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  14. Now you have me wondering about those ladies, but it is better than dwelling on those cakes.

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  15. Sorry for your loss of dad. Interesting how most of us don't like to go to funerals, which are now called memorials here in the USA. But we go anyway as a respect to the family and give them support. Oh the cupcakes look delicious. We were at a wedding yesterday where there were many served. Of course I had a chocolate one! Interesting to find out who those ladies were but I'm sure it was all good. Professional mourners or someone who knew dad years ago but they didn't tell you ...oh well? Angel unaware? Happy weekend!

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  16. We have an older lady in our wedding wedding photos who nobody knows. It is spooky and funny at the same time. Was she real or an apparition?

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  17. Sorry for your loss. Pleased the funeral went without any hitches, I say that because my late uncles hearse had a puncture and it limped into the quite late crematorium. We all looked at each and said ' That is so Uncle Pat' always late! Cakes look lovely.

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  18. I'm glad the funeral service went well. If the person attended church I always think the services are more personal as the vicar/chaplain really knew them.

    Somebody knocked on my Aunty's door after my Uncle died. It was my Uncle's cousin who they'd not seen for over 50 years. Maybe they were distant relatives? xx

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  19. Good to hear that the funeral went as well as funerals can go-x-

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  20. In our village in France EVERYBODY goes to a local funeral, and it can take ages as we all file past the coffin and immediate family. There is never a wake however - we scandalised our neighbours by having a little drink or two after my dear mother's funeral!

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  21. Every funeral should have two fat ladies at it

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  22. Just been catching up with your posts. I'm pleased that the funeral went as well as these occasions can go.
    It sounds as though you have been super busy again with lots of things getting done.
    Lovely to see the slide being used!
    Lisa x

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