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Applauding the dead

Old 1st Apr 2018, 22:05
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Why all this bemoaning over clapping?

To me clapping is merely indicating your approval of the event for which you clapped. So if folks issued fond recollections of Billy Joe, why is it inappropriate to express your solidarity with said recollections?

Some of you are working hard to find things to be offended by. As is your right.
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Old 1st Apr 2018, 22:16
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Now this is a send off.
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Old 2nd Apr 2018, 10:30
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Obgraham. After I had read the eulogy at my friends funeral a chap came up and said how much he’d enjoyed it and felt like clapping, but thought it inappropriate. So you do have a point.
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Old 2nd Apr 2018, 10:50
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Originally Posted by Hydromet View Post
Now this is a send off.

yes - you can feel the pain but also a great release for the family I thought

and it shows what a Hakka really means instead of a made for TV start to kicking an egg about a bit of grass....................
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Old 2nd Apr 2018, 10:51
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Originally Posted by Helol View Post
I want a sky burial. Put me out on top of a hill and leave me to the scavengers. That'll do nicely.


you might come back as part of a Triumph TR3...................
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Old 2nd Apr 2018, 11:20
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Old 2nd Apr 2018, 14:30
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I recall the funeral of an uncle...when I arrived at the house to await the cortege, I noticed that my cousin (the uncle's eldest son) was giggling. I realised something was up..so I asked him what the hilarity was about? He said "Remember what Dad used to say...bloody great Daimlers...grinding along at 6mph....it's a sin!!" Thus his two sons had scoured the county for the fastest hearse they could find...a Volvo, as it happens... and instructed the driver that, when they got to the ring road, he was to give it the beans and see how fast he could get it to go!
The cortege duly arrived, hearse looked well up to the task, so did the driver, and off we went. End of the road, turned left instead of right, ended up in a farm yard, much reversing by all and sundry...and then we were off. When we got to the ring road, away went the hearse. rear of it dwindling in the distance...once could almost hear the occupant cheering... When we got to the crematorium, I went to the hearse and asked how fast he had managed to get it to go? "About 85," he said "then I had to brake for the roundabout. All the flowers came hurtling forward, all over the windscreen, and I couldn't see....!"
The rest of the proceedings were rather more restrained...and no clapping was heard.
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Old 2nd Apr 2018, 17:12
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I recently attended a “living wake”
an old friend was dying of cancer and the time line of towards the inevitable was frighteningly precise ! Plenty of clapping and the terminally ill patient bravely managed more than a few ndrinks ... I’m not sure if I enjoyed the experience , there are so many opposing points of view , but it’s not really about us, is it .
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