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Atheist at a funeral

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Ha ha. This basically me at every funeral I go to. It’s especially awkward for when the person in front of you in the condolences queue has really laid the religiosity on thick with…. thoughts and prayers and united again in heaven etc. And then you come along… ‘Hi…yeah… um… I’m really sorry for your loss… and… yeah’.

I have this huge imposter syndrome thing going on at these sorts of events. I think I would have preferred an old school send off that involves setting things on fire and then getting uproariously drunk afterwards (and passing out in a ditch). That way you don’t really have to vocalize anything to anyone and it doesn’t have to get weird.

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We’ve really gone backwards on this whole epic send off thing. Tea and white bread and cheese sandwiches in the church hall afterwards doesn’t really have the same sense of Beowulfianism that a burning longboat has…

3 Comments

  1. crustytuna

    August 23, 2019 at 5:44 am

    My go to is: I have no words…
    Aaaand then you’re good.

    1. Jo

      August 23, 2019 at 5:59 am

      That seems quite clever and largely neutral. Do you ever have to tell a patients family bad news?

      1. crustytuna

        August 23, 2019 at 6:03 am

        Frequently, but that’s somehow easier, because you can deliver it in clinical terms. You go back to facts and numbers, and then you turn off feelings. It’s harder when it’s personal friends or family. Worse somehow.

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