Attended a funeral

May 24, 2008 at 4:25 pm | Posted in 心情筆記/Journal | Leave a comment

I attended my fourth aunt’s funeral today. I think it was the first time it became a reality that she was really gone. My uncle looked okay although I thought a bit pale and much thinner that I remember him to be. My two cousins, boys who are just slightly younger than me seem a bit at loss.

I saw many other relatives whom I don’t see as much of in my daily routine. It was a small service compared to that of grandma’s a couple years back. Not all the aunts/uncles/cousins made it to the service.

The service for the most part was a traditional one, with lots of flowers, fruit baskets, and wall scripts hanging on the walls and from the ceilings. I didn’t understand a lot of the rituals going on, but there was lots of bowing and kneeling and/or incense involved.

I wasn’t sure as what the dress code or traditions were for the funeral so I did what I thought was appropriate. I chose to dress semi-formal. I wore a black mini-dress with black tights and a light jacket made of black lacy material. I brought along a white envelope with money enclosed. I didn’t know if I were supposed to get another card or write something on the envelope. In the end, I left it as is and the lady at the reception table ask me to put a name down. So I put my parents names down since they wouldn’t be attending but I was attending on their behalf. I know if they were here they would come, too.

There didn’t seem to be much of a dress code. For the most part people wore black, but not necessary anything formal. Lots of black t-shirts were worn. Many of men wore shirts/golf shirts that were white-based as well. Therefore in conclusion, I still don’t know what the dress code would be at a funeral.

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