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Okay Last One, I Swear

Well first off thanks to anyone who posted condolences in the comments. I love you guys!

The funeral was yesterday and it went well. Catholic service, even though everyone on my dad's side of the family is a terrible half-assed Catholic at best. My grandma, who died ten years ago, was the real reason for any religion in their lives. My grandpa actually wasn't religious at all, so I don't know how fitting it was. Anyway, the mass was lame and honestly did nothing for me in terms on closure because of all the talk about going to heaven with Jesus means absolutely squat to me. But whatever I guess. My dad gave a short eulogy at the end where he told a story about Pop and that was easily the most moving part of the whole stupid mass. Instead of some priest telling us we're not worthy and how we should prepare and how god works in mysterious ways. In case you don't have any experience, being a real, practicing Catholic is essentially the same as being put on a guilt trip for your entire life.

The traditional funeral procession was actually really cool. As I said, he was a firefighter, so instead of being put in a hearse his casket was loaded on the back of a fire truck (with another one following close behind). We then drove through downtown Mamaorneck, NY with three cop cars literally stopping incoming traffic for us and letting us run red lights until we got to the highway. Also I'd like to point out that people are hilarious jackasses. I understand you are a very busy person, but cutting off people in a fairly obvious funeral procession so you can get where ever you have to be at 1pm on a Wednesday is kind of a shitty thing to do. Ah well.

By the time we got to the cemetary it was raining pretty good, which was I guess fitting and had a very Hollywood feel to it. More words were said about Jesus and salvation and souls and he was buried in the plot next to his wife.

After that we went to some Italian restaurant which had super good food and we had a fun time telling stories about him. Overall just a funny and friendly and honest and modest and hard working guy. The kind of person, when all is said and done, that you are proud to have known.

And that's about all I have to say about that. I promise I'll return to the normal updates about video games and drinking and whatever other random crap pops into my head. It'll be awesome, I swear.
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I have experience. Oh boy, do I have experience.

Dec. 15, 2006 (4:53am EST)

Yeah when my grandad died earlier this year, the ceremony was a mixed bag for me. I don't like all the pseudo-recruitment nonsense you get. There was also a feeling of being rushed. The wake was much better.

Dec. 15, 2006 (1:49pm EST)

#3 - Jon R Reply
Late condolences from me too dude. My granddad died too pretty recently. We had a non-religious ceremony with a humanist minister, who just talked about his life, and how'd he live on in our memories and stuff. It was pretty good.

Strange though, it's been a while now but it didn't really hit home that he was really gone until just this week. I got a christmas card from my grandma, and I opened it and saw just her name on the card where it used to have both of theirs.

Dec. 17, 2006 (6:05pm EST)