Pauper's Graveside Service
Wrong place, wrong instrument, wrong mood, wrong message... Right comment

As a bagpiper I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at the graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery in the Kentucky backcountry.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost. I finally arrived an hour late, and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone, and the hearse was nowhere in site - there were only the diggers and the crew left, and they were eating lunch. I felt bad and apologized to the men for being late.

I went to the side of the grave and looked down at the vault - lead was already in place. I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to play. The workers put down their lunches and began to gather round. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family or friends. I played like I’d never played before for this homeless man. And as I played “Amazing Grace”, the workers began to weep. They wept. I wept. We all wept together.

When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say to another, “Never seen nothing like that before, and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”



There’s nothing like being at the wrong place, with the wrong instrument, and the wrong mood, and the wrong message, and hearing the right comment at the end of it all.


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Budget Funeral
Casket Car
Coffin Attack
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Dead End
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Death Foretold
Digging Up A Date
End Of The Line
Expired Parking
For Your Synths
Garage Sale for the Soon-To-Be-Departed
Garbage Day Special Delivery
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Glass Coffins
Good To The Last Drop
Gothic Hearse
Grandpa Munster’s DRAGULA Car
Graveyard Sundae
Hearse Parking
Help For Dead Children
Her Casket
Horse Hearse
How to Prepare a Man for His Funeral
Hunting Season
Inspiring Funeral Home
Instant Coffee Tragedy
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Just Buried
Kayak Funeral
Kids Meal
Lost Inheritance
Memory Fish
Nike Coffin
Overworked Mouse
Pa Loves Women
Pick Your Fate
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Popcorn Cremation
Redneck Hearse
Redneck Patient Transfer
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