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I just buried a person

Indie WinterIndie Winter NattravnenRegistered User regular
edited May 2011 in Social Entropy++
like, literally buried someone.

I shovelled some earth up, put the body in, shovelled some earth back down, covered everything up.

and the thing is, I didn't even know who she was. The person I was burying, that is. I was only asked to help because I happened to walk by and they were a man short of a minyan.

strange times.

so lets talk about the wondrous, fragile thing that is Life.

or, you know, make poop jokes. Whatever.

Indie Winter on
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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    i was a pallbearer at my grandads funeral 3 weeks ago

    every night since i have lain awake terrified of death, which is certain

  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2011
    I was going to ask 'on purpose?'

    but apparently it was, so

    burying people, huh. More or less fun than digging them up?
    (generally less, I would think).

  • UbikUbik i am a god in a french-ass restaurantRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    my great grandmas funeral was a week ago, she was 101 years old

    they didn't even put the casket in the ground, we just looked at it and then left the graveyard

    in movies they put the casket in the ground while the people are there

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  • Indie WinterIndie Winter Nattravnen Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Ubik wrote: »
    my great grandmas funeral was a week ago, she was 101 years old

    they didn't even put the casket in the ground, we just looked at it and then left the graveyard

    in movies they put the casket in the ground while the people are there

    drive-by mourning

    "ok, we're at the graveyard. is the casket there?"

    "yup, I can see it from the windo-"

    "ok, that's good enough. DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE"

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  • UbikUbik i am a god in a french-ass restaurantRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    say your prayers walkin, father

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  • Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    alright

    so, were you just walking around a cemetary or...otherwise you may have been a party to something horrible

  • Indie WinterIndie Winter Nattravnen Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    actually I was walking down the street

    and the wake was just leaving the house, and they saw me walking

    and they asked if I could help them out because they were a man short of ten

    and I said yes

    when a crows of teary eyed people all look at you expectantly, while their loved one sits in the funeral home waiting to be buried, one cannot easily refuse

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  • Caulk Bite 6Caulk Bite 6 Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Anjin-San wrote: »
    alright

    so, were you just walking around a cemetary or...otherwise you may have been a party to something horrible

    this is my thought. was she in a coffin, dressed in her Sunday Best, or were you in the woods, burying a hooker

    edit:alright, answer given

  • Indie WinterIndie Winter Nattravnen Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Anjin-San wrote: »
    alright

    so, were you just walking around a cemetary or...otherwise you may have been a party to something horrible

    this is my thought. was in a coffin, dressed in her Sunday Best, or were you in the woods, burying a hooker

    look, when Fat Tony asks you for a favor

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  • MrMonroeMrMonroe Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    actually I was walking down the street

    and the wake was just leaving the house, and they saw me walking

    and they asked if I could help them out because they were a man short of ten

    and I said yes

    when a crows of teary eyed people all look at you expectantly, while their loved one sits in the funeral home waiting to be buried, one cannot easily refuse

    ok that's good

    your original description of the experience made it sound like you helped some asshole hide evidence of a murder

  • Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    what's cocaine like?

  • Indie WinterIndie Winter Nattravnen Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I sell cocaine and cocaine accessories

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  • LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    actually I was walking down the street

    and the wake was just leaving the house, and they saw me walking

    and they asked if I could help them out because they were a man short of ten

    and I said yes

    when a crows of teary eyed people all look at you expectantly, while their loved one sits in the funeral home waiting to be buried, one cannot easily refuse

    This was a perfect typo for you.

  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
  • darklite_xdarklite_x I can't find Turner and HoochRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    When I die I want my friends and family to book my appearance as a parachutist to land at halftime during a high school football game. Then during halftime, I want them to push my corpse out of the plane without a parachute.

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
  • ForarForar #432 Already prepping for Toronto Fan Expo!Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    #pipe wrote: »

    I... I have something in my eye.

    No, wait, just tears. Carry on.

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  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Beasteh wrote: »
    #pipe wrote: »

    excuse me i have something in my eye

    it's the comments that get me.

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  • IvarIvar Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Ubik wrote: »
    my great grandmas funeral was a week ago, she was 101 years old

    they didn't even put the casket in the ground, we just looked at it and then left the graveyard

    in movies they put the casket in the ground while the people are there

    When we buried my father 5 years ago, we lowered the casket into the ground.

    With ropes, none of that hand-crank bullshit you sometimes see in movies and on tv.

    Then we (the closest family) stood by the grave while people stood in line to offer their condolances.

    And then we left. I don't know if they filled the hole manually or with a small excavator.

  • GoatmonGoatmon Cancel My 2:00 This meeting could get DEADLYRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    It bothers me that people use an excavator or similar equipment to bury a loved one.

    I understand not wanting to dig up the grave; that's a job in itself. But filling it up isn't nearly so, with a few folks with shovels. Using a big machine to do it instead just seems disrespectful to me.

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  • SeñorAmorSeñorAmor Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I've always thought burials were selfish. Like, there's only so much space to bury people. What happens when we run out? Just harvest my organs and give them to someone to better their life and then cremate my remains and flush me down a toilet or something.

  • AirAir Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    about 2 months ago i cut short a holiday in japan to come back for the anniversary of the death of one of my closest friends, and we buried his ashes. was just me and my brother, and his parents
    for a long time they werent sure what to do with the ashes, where we should scatter them or whatever
    at least this way theres a place to go visit
    which is nice because its kinda something even though it all feels like grasping at straws

    burying him didnt take long it was just a small metal box about the same size you would get a nice bottle of whiskey in

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    as someone who has seen a fair few loved ones die over the years i am not sure why i am still freaked out by the process of dying

    my mother and uncle both died of cancer, in their late 20s, in the same year (1989)

    my cousin ben died of a heroin overdose, aged 21, the week of my birthday in 2005

    my grandad died of heart failure, aged 84, on april the 5th this year

  • GoatmonGoatmon Cancel My 2:00 This meeting could get DEADLYRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    SeñorAmor wrote: »
    I've always thought burials were selfish. Like, there's only so much space to bury people. What happens when we run out? Just harvest my organs and give them to someone to better their life and then cremate my remains and flush me down a toilet or something.

    It'll take a very long time before we run out of burial space.

    At the moment, the entire human population could fit, just barely, into the landspace of Los Angeles.

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  • EndEnd Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    or, you know, make poop jokes. Whatever.

    We all turn into worm poop in the end?

    so dark and foul I can't disguise
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  • godmodegodmode Nooo-ooo-ooo... That ain't dancin', SallyRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Oh man, funerals. I've only ever been to one - for my grandfather. It was super emotional and one of the maybe three times in my life I've seen my dad cry. Not an experience I'm looking forward to repeat.

  • EndEnd Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I've actually never been to a funeral.

    Missed all my grandparents' funerals, and now they're all dead.

    That must mean I'm a terrible person.

    so dark and foul I can't disguise
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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    my grandad sang in a male voice choir

    they all attended his funeral, in full kit, and sang a few hymns

    it was the hardest thing to hear knowing my grandads voice would never be part of it again

  • GoatmonGoatmon Cancel My 2:00 This meeting could get DEADLYRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I'm sure they felt the same way, Beasteh. :(

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  • Indie WinterIndie Winter Nattravnen Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    End wrote: »
    or, you know, make poop jokes. Whatever.

    We all turn into worm poop in the end?

    ashes to ashes

    dust to dust

    poop to poop

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  • SeñorAmorSeñorAmor Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Beasteh wrote: »
    as someone who has seen a fair few loved ones die over the years i am not sure why i am still freaked out by the process of dying

    my mother and uncle both died of cancer, in their late 20s, in the same year (1989)

    my cousin ben died of a heroin overdose, aged 21, the week of my birthday in 2005

    my grandad died of heart failure, aged 84, on april the 5th this year

    I've had several relatives die and yet I'm not freaked out by death. Both my maternal grandparents have died, and my mother had a late-term miscarriage. I was old enough to be affected by the miscarriage, but too young to be strongly affected by it. My grandmother passed before my grandfather and I'll go the rest of my life feeling like a complete shitheel for the way me and my sister treated her when she would babysit us. We were only 8 or 9 when she died, but I know there were several times we made her cry because of the way we acted. Not out of malice, but simply out of the way two 8 year old kids would act. I'm now 31 and to this day my biggest regret is not having the chance to apologize to her.

    My grandfather pretty much lost it after his wife of a billion years died and we ended up having to put him in a home. The tragedy was him going from the smartest person I've met to a senile, demented old man in the span of a year. Morbid as it is to say, his passing was actually something of a blessing.

    When my wife's grandparents passed, the same thing happened. Her grandfather passed first, and her grandmother lost the will to live. The woman was amazing and the rapidity of her decline was a tragic thing to witness. I hope that my wife passes before I do because I wouldn't want her to suffer having to deal with my death.

  • darklite_xdarklite_x I can't find Turner and HoochRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I don't know if I want to live past 40. That's so old.

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  • lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Funerals are the worst. Years back, my family and I went to the Philippines for a visit back home, the first time in like 7 years, and my grandpa died the day before my birthday, sothat was kinda terrible. Spent the next couple days at a funeral home for the viewing, since that's the tradition back home

    Also bad is not being there for a loved ones funeral. My other grandpa died a few years later over the summer and me, my Sis, and dad couldn't get back home to the Philippines for the funeral, only my mom flew home absolutely devastated.

    My one surviving grandma will never die, I hope. She's a tough old gal

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  • jackaljackal Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    darklite_x wrote: »
    I don't know if I want to live past 40. That's so old.

    Wait until you are 39 then report back.

  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Only one member of my family has died while I've been around.

    My great grandmother.

    she died at 98 when I was 16.

    She always loved watching me play music and whenever we'd visit, I'd take my horn and play whatever I'd been practicing.

    I played Amazing Grace at her funeral.

    If you've ever tried to keep a viable embouchure while choking back tears, you know where I'm coming from.

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  • POKÉMON MASTER WT SHERMANPOKÉMON MASTER WT SHERMAN thank you, buggy! thank you! rockville, mdRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    my mom passed away almost exactly a year ago

    she'd been diagnosed with thyroid cancer just before the start of april

    the last time i saw her alive was on mother's day

    i couldn't make it home fast enough when she was fading in the hospital, she went so quickly

    i will spend the rest of my life hating myself for this

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  • AneurhythmiaAneurhythmia Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
  • redfenixredfenix Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I've been a pallbearer three times.

    My maternal grandfather, whom I knew very well, and it was very difficult. I was 16
    My paternal grandmother, whom I didn't know very well at all, but still family. I was 17, I think.
    A close friend from high school, who killed himself. I was 19. The funeral was on Dec 31, 1999.

  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
  • Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I've buried several people in my life and been a pall bearer for just as many. I haven't dug a grave or filled one in since 2007 and that one was a right pain in the ass.

    Has anyone mentioned that the last WWI combat vet has passed away in Australia?

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/05/04/501364/main20059904.shtml

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