Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Funeral Arrangements

The humanist celebrant guy is called Paul and I thought, "yeah, you'll do." He's young and extrovert and- most importantly- he radiates an aura of knowing his stuff. That's what you want- more than compassion, more than eloquence, more than anything else- the sense that you're in the hands of someone who will be in charge and get you through.

We talked about music. My niece suggested that we file out to Eric Idle singing "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life". We agreed that this would be great. My brother-in-law, who wasn't at the meeting, said he thought it was a trite choice, and proposed a stomp by Leonard Cohen. Well, he's right and he's wrong. The Cohen is a better piece of music, but funeral music isn't about taste it's about familiarity. The Monty Python song pushes buttons. And its right for Bran- who was a guy who used to shin up lamp-posts and sit on top of them watching the world go by.
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