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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Keep calm and bagpipe on. - Unknown

How can I die? I'm booked. - George Burns

Death ends a life, not a relationship. - Jack Lemmon

Eat right, exercise regularly, die anyway. - Unknown

Yes, all men must die. But we are not men. - Daenerys Targaryen

Nobody ever died of being shot by a cookie. - Ilona Andrews

Our dog died from licking our wedding picture. - Phyllis Diller

You live and learn, then die and forget it all. - Noel Coward

Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. - Erma Bombeck

Death is the greatest evil, because it cuts off hope. - William Hazlitt

Flight attendants don't die, they just fly higher. - Unknown

If you die in an elevator, be sure to push the Up button. - Sam Levenson

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. - JRR Tolkien

Men must have legends, else they will die of strangeness. - Les A Murray

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely. - Gautama Siddharta

The American Way of life, si! The American Way of death, no! - Archie Bunker

Most people die with their music still locked up inside them. - Benjamin Disraeli

Man is a complex being: He makes deserts bloom - and lakes die. - Gil Stern

There is no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the interval. - George Santayana

A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past. - Fidel Castro

Cause Change & Lead
Accept Change & Survive
Resist Change & Die - Ray Norda

Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. Its their way of falling. - Andre Gide

Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them - but not for love. - William Shakespeare

The general outlook is not that the person has died but that the person has lived. - William Buchanan

I'm a Catholic and I can't commit suicide, but I plan to drink myself to death. - Jack Kerouac

When I die I want my tombstone to offer free WiFi, just so people will visit more often. - Unknown

The Irish don't know what they want and are prepared to fight to the death to get it. - Sidney Littlewood

Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn. - Mahatma Gandhi

Satire lies about literary men while they live, and eulogy lies about them when they die. - Voltaire

Christ died for our sins. Are we to make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them? - Jules Feiffer

You might be a redneck if your favorite hunting dog has a bigger tombstone than your grandfather. - Jeff Foxworthy

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Sir, your remarks are repugnant to me, and I disagree with your viewpoints. But I will defend to the death your right to express them. - Voltaire

'Till death do us part' doesn't sound so horrible. It only means about 10 or 15 years and not the eternity it used to mean. - Joy Behar

Drink and dance and laugh and lie,
Love, the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die!
(But, alas, we never do.) - Dorothy Parker

The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one. - Wilhelm Stekel

We shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. - Eleanor Roosevelt


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Auto Correct Passing
Budget Funeral
Casket Car
Coffin Attack
Coffin Dragster
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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Geek Gravestone
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
Jerusalem Obituary,  33 A.D.
Just Buried
Kayak Funeral
Kids Meal
Lost Inheritance
Memory Fish
Nike Coffin
Overworked Mouse
Pa Loves Women
Pick Your Fate
Pilotless
Popcorn Cremation
Redneck Hearse
Redneck Patient Transfer
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Scooter Hearse
Scrabble Tombstone
Sick Tombstone
Smoking Hot Body
Sole Casket
The Crucifixion
The End in Canada
The Last Photo I Took
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Tree Root Church
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21-Oct-2020