"Flip Flops" at a Funeral

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    Nov 05, 2013 2:03 PM GMT
    Does anyone have funny examples of relatives or people who lack etiquette, and forget there is a time and place for things?

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    At my grandfather's funeral a bunch of members dressed in their Sons of Italy uniforms (suits with pins etc.) stood in two rows down each aisle. They all looked very serious (family and guests were sitting). As someone was making a speech one of the guys farted! My cousins and I started laughing (at our lowest possible volume). Our parents gave us the look of death!
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    Nov 05, 2013 2:32 PM GMT
    At my father's mass, a friend of his had volunteered to sing. He was terrible. My sister, brother, and I could not contain our laughter. We were choking trying to keep quiet.
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    Nov 05, 2013 2:50 PM GMT
    Nothing immediately comes to mind except a story from my mother, who claims that her future father-in-law (my grandfather) came to her wedding in an outfit just short of a hawaiian shirt and a rope belt.

    Oh, wait - another I witnessed 24 years ago at my other grandfather's 80th birthday celebration. Two cousins (brothers) had flown in with their wives. The younger couple brought their baby, the older were (and still are) childless. My dad yelled across the room "So when are you two gonna have kids?" I take after my mom.
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    Nov 05, 2013 3:30 PM GMT
    A friend of mine was a pallbearer at his aunt's funeral and his fly was down the entire time. No one told him. I think his aunt was rolling over in the casket laughing at him. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 05, 2013 4:57 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said...She's a lovely, smart girl and I know she's been dying for a proposal. So after a while my nephew joined us and kind of shrugged as if to say "can anyone join this conversation?" and I said, "Hey, I've just been getting to know your fiancee.....oh....oops....I guess you haven't asked her yet.....well, I'd better leave you two alone...,you must have lots to talk about...." and then I went to get another drink. ...


    That was actually a very kind way of being a shadchan.

    Your handsome nephew probably needed to get the clue.

    So, are they married now?
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    Nov 05, 2013 5:05 PM GMT
    At my aunt's funeral, I said something that for some reason sent my sister into uncontrollable laughter. I was embarrassed, and she was mortified.... My aunt would have smiled though, as she would have been the first to join in on any laughter. R.I.P. Mary.icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 05, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
    A good friend's father died on an operating table (it wasn't expected). When the stunned family got home from the hospital, they found their father's cell phone ringing and several messages from his girlfriend. They had not known he even had a girlfriend, since the man was very much married. The widow (my friend's mother) wondered if the girlfriend would show up at the funeral (to be held in the next few days). I asked how any of the family would recognize the girlfriend - since none of them had ever seen or heard of her existence. The widow said, "I'll be watching for a slut wearing a red dress."

    (I guess this means only a slut would wear a red dress to a funeral?)
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    Nov 05, 2013 7:50 PM GMT
    JohnSpotter saidAt my father's mass, a friend of his had volunteered to sing. He was terrible. My sister, brother, and I could not contain our laughter. We were choking trying to keep quiet.


    I wouldn't have been able to contain myself. I've excused myself from classrooms, in order to let the laughter out in the hallway. I find things like this hysterical. He obviously thought he could sing and wanted to share his "gift" with everyone icon_lol.gif. My grandparents watched us all grow up and they knew our hearts were in the right place. After 3 days of going to the funeral parlor, we all needed a little laugh to be honest.
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    Nov 05, 2013 7:53 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidAt my father's funeral, one of my estranged and strange sisters wanted to take pictures of people and the somber occasion. I could not forgive her for that.


    That's bit odd; she'd get along well with Angelina Jolie. Angelina said she wanted to be a funeral director; I believe it was on the Actors Studio. I don't know maybe viewing those pictures for her is like listening to a sad song, for the rest of us?
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    Nov 05, 2013 10:14 PM GMT
    I just remembered another incident, at my own grandfather's funeral (the second one - what is it about my grandpas and bad etiquette?). During the brief graveside service my cousin's husband not only didn't switch his cell phone ringer to vibrate but took the call.

    Who here has Facebooked a funeral?
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    Nov 05, 2013 10:28 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidAt my father's funeral, one of my estranged and strange sisters wanted to take pictures of people and the somber occasion. I could not forgive her for that.

    lol this reminds me of a great aunts funeral .... a second cousin video taped the entire thing ... Including the body in the casket, relative wailing and crying ... about a year later that same second cousin that did the video taping died ... but it is still funny as heck to think about ... they put my great aunts eye glasses on her and dressed here like she was going out to at dance, sparkly necklace, earrings and all ... that side of the family always cracks me up icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Nov 06, 2013 12:25 AM GMT
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    woodsmen saidAt my father's funeral, one of my estranged and strange sisters wanted to take pictures of people and the somber occasion. I could not forgive her for that.

    lol this reminds me of a great aunts funeral .... a second cousin video taped the entire thing ... Including the body in the casket, relative wailing and crying ... about a year later that same second cousin that did the video taping died ... but it is still funny as heck to think about ... they put my great aunts eye glasses on her and dressed here like she was going out to at dance, sparkly necklace, earrings and all ... that side of the family always cracks me up icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


    After get togethers, does your side of the family talk about how crazy the other side is? My Aunt and her daughter would reenact certain moments they deemed amusing.
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    Nov 06, 2013 12:56 AM GMT
    There's a fairly steep hill that goes from down town, up to the cemetery.
    Part way up the hill, the hearse conked out, and they had to transfer my grandmother's casket from the hearse to somebody's SUV, to complete the journey. Everybody said that she didn't want to go. LOL.
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    Nov 06, 2013 2:21 AM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    GAMRican said
    Aristoshark said...She's a lovely, smart girl and I know she's been dying for a proposal. So after a while my nephew joined us and kind of shrugged as if to say "can anyone join this conversation?" and I said, "Hey, I've just been getting to know your fiancee.....oh....oops....I guess you haven't asked her yet.....well, I'd better leave you two alone...,you must have lots to talk about...." and then I went to get another drink. ...


    That was actually a very kind way of being a shadchan.

    Your handsome nephew probably needed to get the clue.

    So, are they married now?

    Good heavens, Alan, this was only three months ago.icon_biggrin.gif


    Tempis Fugit. Gotta get those kids popping out (especially if he is that handsome). icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 06, 2013 2:48 AM GMT
    i remember a few family funerals in the 70ies ( father included) and you had to stay all fucking day at the funeral home while people came and visited. There weren't a lot of cremations and 'memorial' services back then. All the families spent days hanging out in the 'home'. Sitting around having tea with the casket in the corner. Opened, of course. It was slightly archaic. Although I guess it was better than the open casket in your living room.. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 06, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    I was driving near the back end of a funeral procession. The hearse took the absolute shortest route, along different highways, which meant the procession had to merge with traffic numerous times. I noticed a few cars getting mixed up with a different funeral procession going down the wrong highway! What are the chances of that?!? This was before the days of cell phones, so it must have caused quite a bit of embarrassment!

    After the burial, I asked the funeral director why he chose such a difficult route, which he did once before when the deceased's wife died, and he was nasty and said everyone should KNOW where to go before hand. I said why do you think everyone's driving up each other's asses, so that they DON'T get lost? What a schmuck!! I was hoping he'd slip and fall in the hole.
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    Nov 06, 2013 3:06 AM GMT
    hairyandym saidi remember a few family funerals in the 70ies ( father included) and you had to stay all fucking day at the funeral home while people came and visited. There weren't a lot of cremations and 'memorial' services back then. All the families spent days hanging out in the 'home'. Sitting around having tea with the casket in the corner. Opened, of course. It was slightly archaic. Although I guess it was better than the open casket in your living room.. icon_rolleyes.gif


    When my grandfather died suddenly in 1961, there was a grave digger's strike, so they had my grandfather laid out in the funeral parlor for 5 days and nights until the strike finally ended, prolonging the agony. The catholic church, in all it's compassion, refused to have a mass because my grandparents weren't married in a church (they couldn't afford it).
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    Nov 06, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    Not what I was expecting by the topic statement
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    Nov 06, 2013 3:42 AM GMT
    I have always found it amusing when eating in an upper class restaurant in America, and these so called well breed or educated American don't know how to use a knife and fork correctly. The fork is not a shovel.
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    Nov 06, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
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    AMoonHawk said
    woodsmen saidAt my father's funeral, one of my estranged and strange sisters wanted to take pictures of people and the somber occasion. I could not forgive her for that.

    lol this reminds me of a great aunts funeral .... a second cousin video taped the entire thing ... Including the body in the casket, relative wailing and crying ... about a year later that same second cousin that did the video taping died ... but it is still funny as heck to think about ... they put my great aunts eye glasses on her and dressed here like she was going out to at dance, sparkly necklace, earrings and all ... that side of the family always cracks me up icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


    After get togethers, does your side of the family talk about how crazy the other side is? My Aunt and her daughter would reenact certain moments they deemed amusing.

    Yes, icon_biggrin.gif the aunts used to do that when they would get together, but they are much older now so those days are gone.
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    Nov 06, 2013 4:15 AM GMT
    Not sure if it falls into the etiquette category but a great story:

    My father-in-law had a brother and they didn't get along very well, very competitive with each other. His brother died and during the grave side my father-in-law passed out, called the ambulance and all. His brother didn't get the attention he deserved. Several years later my father-in-law died. We went to the graveside behind the hearse, we all got out and headed to the chairs all setup for us. We look behind us and the funeral director is on his phone, calling the office to find another set of keys as he just locked my father-in-law in the hearse. We figured it was his brother getting revenge!
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    Nov 06, 2013 1:25 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidDuring the brief graveside service my cousin's husband not only didn't switch his cell phone ringer to vibrate but took the call.

    AMoonHawk saidlol this reminds me of a great aunts funeral .... a second cousin video taped the entire thing ... Including the body in the casket, relative wailing and crying ... about a year later that same second cousin that did the video taping died ...

    And that cousin's husband who took the cell phone call during the graveside service died within two years, and my cousin six weeks after. Moral of the story - observe funeral etiquette.
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    Nov 07, 2013 12:31 AM GMT
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    eagermuscle saidDuring the brief graveside service my cousin's husband not only didn't switch his cell phone ringer to vibrate but took the call.

    AMoonHawk saidlol this reminds me of a great aunts funeral .... a second cousin video taped the entire thing ... Including the body in the casket, relative wailing and crying ... about a year later that same second cousin that did the video taping died ...

    And that cousin's husband who took the cell phone call during the graveside service died within two years, and my cousin six weeks after. Moral of the story - observe funeral etiquette.


    This reminds me of explorers who disrupted ancient tombs and pyramids icon_eek.gif
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    Nov 07, 2013 12:39 AM GMT
    eb925guy saidNot sure if it falls into the etiquette category but a great story:

    My father-in-law had a brother and they didn't get along very well, very competitive with each other. His brother died and during the grave side my father-in-law passed out, called the ambulance and all. His brother didn't get the attention he deserved. Several years later my father-in-law died. We went to the graveside behind the hearse, we all got out and headed to the chairs all setup for us. We look behind us and the funeral director is on his phone, calling the office to find another set of keys as he just locked my father-in-law in the hearse. We figured it was his brother getting revenge!



    The irony of life. Funerals are hard; it's always nice when a friend or family member can remind us about a persons life.
    #reminiscent #nostalgia

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