Story archives - tag: "funeral"


At the funeral, the bloodied, torn knuckles of my best friend spoke volumes about how he tried to release his only son from the noose.

tags: suicide teenager friend funeral [add]

2013-09-18 11:34:58 / Rating: 698 /

bury him instead

I wasn't allowed to attend my brother's funeral because my mother wanted the man who raped me there more.

tags: stepfathers rape molestation funeral [add]

2013-09-04 16:29:59 / Rating: 410.25 /

Obscure Chess Buddy

She never invited me to her father's funeral because she didn't think I knew him well enough but I never told her that, when she was at boarding school, I used to play chess with him every Saturday at 2:00 and lose.

tags: father funeral secrets chess lose death friend [add]

2012-01-05 11:22:49 / Rating: 616.25 /


The shirt I wanted to wear to your funeral went over the cliff in the back seat of your car.

tags: shirt funeral sad [add]

2011-03-30 15:42:03 / Rating: 561.25 /


At my father's funeral, his best friend of 35 years came up to me and asked me how I knew the deceased.

tags: funeral [add]

2010-08-10 16:44:29 / Rating: 441.25 /

didn't know

My cousin and I were two years old, playing tag around the coffee table, not understanding why all the grown-ups were crying.

tags: death grandfather family funeral innocent childhood [add]

2010-08-05 12:23:38 / Rating: 624.25 /


I'll never forget the day my mom turned to me out of the blue and informed me, "When I die, I want everyone to dress as clowns at my funeral."

tags: funeral humor clowns mom [add]

2010-03-23 16:14:06 / Rating: 893 /


At my mother's funeral, my grandparents argued over the type of lettuce they had eaten the night before and I interrupted them by admitting I was pregnant.

tags: pregnant lettuce funeral grandparents [add]

2010-02-02 12:49:54 / Rating: 535 /


At my dad's funeral, my friend's mother came up to my sister and asked her how she knew the family.

tags: funeral friend's mother awkward [add]

2009-11-16 22:29:12 / Rating: 360.75 /

Elliott Alter Ego

Pulling over, the biker took off his helmet and bowed his head as the 30 car funeral recession slowly passed.

tags: funeral recession biker respect [add]

2009-11-06 14:29:27 / Rating: 899.75 /

Atleast we made some new friends

We realized as we went up to pay our respects, that though they shared the same name and everyone was very friendly, we were obviously at the wrong funeral.

tags: funeral obituary humor embarrassed [add]

2009-09-14 11:17:24 / Rating: 960.5 /


We held up our mother like lonely shelved encyclopedias.

tags: funeral mother books siblings [add]

2009-03-17 12:10:22 / Rating: 506 /

never the same

I watched her tiny tummy sucking in, her skin pulling tight against her ribs, her hand involuntarily closing on my index finger as she struggled for every breath, and I thought, "One day, is one day too much to ask?"

tags: baby birth sick dying father dad daddy hospital serious drama doctor nurse emergency funeral death [add]

2008-12-22 15:51:17 / Rating: 1096.25 /


When you said I wasn't allowed to say anything at the funeral because it would be "improper," I knew I hated you.

tags: funeral hatred realization sadness [add]

2008-10-07 16:51:41 / Rating: 623.5 /


She was heavier dead than alive.

tags: death love grief cancer corpse funeral [add]

2008-06-09 12:20:29 / Rating: 730 /

Sarah with an H

As I pass the full parking lot at the funeral home on my daily commute, I am reminded that no matter how stressful I think my day has been, at least I am not on my way to a funeral.

tags: life lesson funeral thankful work stress big picture [add]

2008-05-20 10:22:01 / Rating: 561 /


When I was 5 or so my mom would tell me to lie down before she tied my tie and I just now realized at the age of 19 that she did this because she's a funeral director.

tags: funeral disenchanted humor [add]

2008-04-08 16:46:37 / Rating: 7443 /


I wrote "thank you" notes to everyone who had attended the funeral as if it had been a baby shower.

tags: funeral grief healing baby [add]

2008-04-07 14:32:41 / Rating: 624.5 /


The sight of my usually stoic mother weeping on the lid of her brother's casket is one I wish I could have gone a lifetime without seeing.

tags: death funeral family [add]

2008-03-07 16:48:18 / Rating: 662.5 /


About the dumbest thing you can say about an embalmed body at a funeral is that they "look good," but that is what everyone kept saying.

tags: death humor funeral [add]

2008-02-20 16:22:18 / Rating: 710.75 /


Midway through my father's funeral, I realized that almost everyone at the service probably thought my best friend--whose hand I was clinging to--was my lesbian lover.

tags: funeral friend homosexuality lesbians [add]

2007-10-15 17:32:11 / Rating: 752.25 /


I was a row behind her at his wake, two at his funeral, and across the table at the dinner but I never told her I slept with him while they were dating.

tags: funeral irony [add]

2007-09-07 22:43:40 / Rating: 519.75 /


Later, I would realize that I cried harder when my dog died than I did at Mom's funeral.

tags: mother death funeral pet dog crying [add]

2007-07-23 13:30:06 / Rating: 880 /

would you put a name on this?

It wasn't until the eulogy ended that I realized I had been thinking about porn instead of listening.

tags: funeral porn guilt [add]

2007-05-24 23:43:50 / Rating: 1596 /


I couldn't think of a polite way to say that I didn't want to look at her mother's corpse, so I buried my face in my husband's shoulder as we filed past the coffin.

tags: corpse death funeral ettiquette [add]

2006-10-11 12:16:37 / Rating: 696.5 /