A family funeral today. E's brother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer only a few months ago but it was an established one and any treatment would only have meant delay.
It was, however, a celebratory 'sending off'. As the Minister said in his opening words, whatever your preconceptions of a funeral are, this isn't going to be it. J had a love, and an incredible encyclopedic knowledge, of music. The family had invited attendees to wear music related T-shirts and other bright clothes. Not sure I ever expected to go to a funeral wearing a Pink Floyd-inspired T-shirt, but it was the right thing to do on this occasion.
It was a good funeral.
The flowers included a lot of white buddleia from their garden. During the wake afterwards E and I took this arrangement apart and created bouquets for individual friends and relations to take home.