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19-11-2012, 06:32 PM
Back from the wake ...
I'm back from the wake; saw a lot of childhood friends, many of whom I've kept in touch with over the years. Also lots of recovery community friends.


I much don't care for open casket wakes and was shuffling toward the casket planning on the requisite quick look and on to the receiving line. However, there was my deceased friend, famous for his Hawaiian shirts and his shades, dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, wearing a real flower lei, holding his mirror shades in his folded hands. I grinned, nearly laughing out loud. Just beautiful.


He died too young. Parents shouldn't outlive their children.

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19-11-2012, 06:40 PM
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Ya know, open caskets have always struck me as so morbid. But what you described is pretty cool. I like the idea of people seeing him for the last time done up like he would have been in life.
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Sorry you lost a friend.

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19-11-2012, 06:46 PM
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Sorry for your loss, Chas.

I'm not a big fan of open caskets, either.

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19-11-2012, 06:49 PM
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A good friend there said that open caskets are about "keepin' it real for people".

That sort of works for me. The Hawaiian shirt and the shades were for real.

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19-11-2012, 06:50 PM
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I'm sorry you lost a friend Chas, focus on all the good times you shared to help you through.
I've never been a fan of funerals myself as I'd much rather be celebrating the life the person had then moping about the time lost. I always think that the person would prefer to see people laughing and joking about all the silly times they had together.

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19-11-2012, 06:51 PM
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(19-11-2012 06:32 PM)Chas Wrote:  I'm back from the wake; saw a lot of childhood friends, many of whom I've kept in touch with over the years. Also lots of recovery community friends.


I much don't care for open casket wakes and was shuffling toward the casket planning on the requisite quick look and on to the receiving line. However, there was my deceased friend, famous for his Hawaiian shirts and his shades, dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, wearing a real flower lei, holding his mirror shades in his folded hands. I grinned, nearly laughing out loud. Just beautiful.


He died too young. Parents shouldn't outlive their children.

It sounds like a sad time that you were able to find a lot of meaning in. I'm glad you were able to reconnect with friends. That's probably the best part of a funeral or wake.

That and the snacks.

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19-11-2012, 07:07 PM
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I've always disliked open caskets, but it sounds like this one was special.

Sorry for your loss.

And, you right, and parent should never have to bury their children.

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19-11-2012, 09:31 PM
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I am sorry for the loss Chas. Sucks to have to say goodbye.

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19-11-2012, 09:38 PM
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Sorry that you lost your bud.. glad you got one smile to put in the memory bank - even in a horrible situation.. that's the kinda thing friendships should be made of

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19-11-2012, 11:15 PM
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Sorry man. Good to have honoured his memory.
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