I just wrote a long post about my experience at a funeral yesterday and then decided it was probably inappropriate for a public posting.
After the funeral, I came home drained and confused. The funeral went fine. I am still processing the event and my reaction to it. Church makes me crazy.
It was a huge affair. People were packed in the pews and also sat in the choir area. There were chairs in the next room with a big flat screen video of the altar area. This area was not full but there were people there. The gathering sang so well I had difficulty keeping up with them with the little organ.
The closing hymn was “For All the Saints.” All 8 stanzas. People sang their hearts out.
They buried the ashes of the deceased in the small garden on the grounds of the church. I think that’s pretty cool.