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21 November 2008 @ 04:40 pm
Look, no tears!  
I went to a funeral today.

And if you can say such a thing, it was the best funeral I've ever been to.

It was truly a celebration of a life, not a mourning of someone's passing.  My across the street neighbor from when we lived on Sunset Terrace passed away on Sunday.  He was a sweet, sweet man, who always had a grin and wave, even in passing.  He was a huge supporter of the theatre, and he was always sitting front row center at all of my shows (as well as everyone else's, I'm sure) and he always had a kind word to go along with that infectious smile.  He made special treats for the boys on every Halloween, and baked an endless supply of Christmas treats each December.  Everyone loved Dennis.  And isn't that how you want to be remembered?  As someone who made a positive impact on people's lives?  I do.  And so I will try to take a leaf out of Dennis' book.

The family had a couple of our theatre friends play and sing Love Song by Elton John, and Let It Be, by the Beatles.  It was awesome.

Dennis will be missed.  Sorely missed, but I'd bet that he's in a much, much better place than here. 

I am:: home
I feel:: calmcalm
I hear:: Across the Universe - Jim Sturgess
Jo-Anne Stormjo_anne_storm on November 21st, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
No tear funerals are few and far between. I like wakes that are a celebration of life, though. A good Irish wake is the way to do it.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on November 21st, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Hi, Jo. :)

I've never been to one, but I much definitely prefer this sort to the wailing and sadness that have been the theme throughout so many others that I've been to.
maureen: Zoe backmaureen on November 22nd, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
i totally get what you are saying about it being the best funeral you have been to. I want mine to be like that one day, you know? Funerals like that serve as such poignant reminders of why life is so beautiful and precious.
dragonsangel68: TW - Edward/Bella meadowdragonsangel68 on November 22nd, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Funerals that are a true celebration of life are wonderful experiences. It's a shame that grief often overshadows everything.
Sylviaticklethepear on November 22nd, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
I really hope to live a full and joyful and a funeral to match!