Today, I attended the funeral of the father of one of Prue’s friends, Andrew. She and Andrew went to primary school together,remained part of a large group of friends and until the last few months, have always been quite close. His father died on New Year’s Day having recently been diagnosed with cancer, so for him it was a merciful relief. Considering the heat here today, there were many in attendance and the service although not lengthy was very nice.There was no burial or cremation and the family invited everyone to a wake at one of the local clubs to socialise and enjoy refreshments but we did not attend, preferring instead to pay our respects to the family and leave after the service.
Just as the hearse was leaving the church, led on foot but the funeral director a car approached and can you believe that they began sounding the horn, impatient and wanting to make their way past?I was flabbergasted, as were the other mourners and Prue remarked if that had happened to my family, one of the men would have gone to the guy in the car and set him straight in no uncertain terms!!! Respect, I am sad to say is gradually being eroded in our society, not just for the dead but in general.Some blame the influence of the media, films, video games, etc, but I place it fair and square in the laps of the parents. There is no avoiding it, children mimic the behaviour of their parents and the parents are doing the children a disservice for life if they do not instill the basic principles of respect in their children from the word go!