It really was a lovely day yesterday, weatherwise. Perhaps gloomy skies would have been more appropriate for a funeral service. I don't know. This is the church where the service was held. I got roped into helping the preacher read a prayer and passing around the collection plate. This was probably good since I focused on that instead of getting weepy like all those around me.
I do see the value of having a service. It brings a sense of closure, lets loved ones share their grief together and lets us celebrate the life of someone beloved. Afterward, twenty or so people came over to our house to nosh and sip out on the patio and share fun stories of Jacques. The funeral home gives you a bill after the service. Later when I read it, I couldn't believe what a racket it is. There was $850 for professional services, then $300 each for coordination of services, supervision of services and aftercare services. What's the $850 for again? We spent all of an hour with them, oh sure it was a good, productive hour, but I think that part totaled $1950, less than half the total cost. Nobody really feels like shopping around when someone has just died and I guess they take advantage of that.
In the evening, we went to Sean and Jeffrey's meet and greet at Eric and Danny's house. Oddly it was right around the corner from where the service was held. The weather turned pretty chilly so we stayed inside and had cosmos, burgers, sausages and salad. It was a nice way to let go of the events of the day and be distracted for a while. Plus I ate something new.
Saskatoon berry pie! Also known as serviceberry or juneberry, it tasted much like blueberry with a little extra something mixed in. Quite tasty. Yesterday at one point I looked at Serge and asked, "We don't have to do anything tomorrow, do we?" I was so happy when he said no. A whole day ahead with nothing to do. Heaven.