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to not go or do people generally behave at a funeral?

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WestPier Sun 20-Oct-13 13:45:31

A wonderful complicated person has died and there will be a funeral. I'm knew him professionally and although I will know others there I can't remember who's fallen out with who.

Do people generally behave or do funerals bring out the worst in everyone. DH does n't want to go, it's a long way away, so I'll be on my own.

Your experiences (or crystal ball advice) please

WestPier Mon 21-Oct-13 12:04:13

If everyone behaves it will be interesting, he was an amazing guy. There's potential for everyone - family, colleagues, clients to kick off; you don't get to be that exciting without pissing off everyone at sometime or other.

I've only been to a couple of funerals before - bothe were 'celebrations' of a life well lived in a pedestrian way.

I want to go to get reminded of the happy bits, the experience of battling against the odds and achieing amazing things. I'm not interested in racking over old grudges, whinging about money or pointing out how I'd of done things differently.

Thanks for all your experiences, I don't want to spend 48 hours and £200 to get my ear bent so I need to go armed with a few positive conversation steerers - and possibly try to water down any alcohol.

Tabliope Mon 21-Oct-13 09:17:59

I think it would be disgusting for his ex colleagues to create any kind of a scene in front of his family. One thing if there is bad feeling between the family (hopefully they can hold it together) but his colleagues aren't family so should be on their best behaviour. I'd be really pissed off at strangers causing a scene at a member of my families' funeral.

ZillionChocolate Mon 21-Oct-13 08:48:56

Go to the service, don't stay long at the wake (if you go at all).

MyBaby1day Mon 21-Oct-13 08:37:28

People should behave at a funeral, I think it's disgusting if they don't. My Uncle behaved disgracefully at my late Nana's angry. Like Coupon said as long as you behave properly then that's o.k.

SpottyDottie Sun 20-Oct-13 16:34:56

You'll only get sucked in if you allow yourself to be and only then if anything happens! generally people come to pay their respects and if you want to pay yours then you should go.

Coupon Sun 20-Oct-13 15:25:34

As long as you behave properly yourself that's all you can do. You won't be responsible for anyone else. Go to the funeral and perhaps one drink, then leave.

mrsjay Sun 20-Oct-13 14:59:56

I find it is the wake that problems arise or you can start to feel tensions rise I was at a step aunts funeral she had a huge family her children all adults didnt get on , as the drink started to flow you could feel the air change it is time to go then, OP go to the funeral pay your respects people wil be civil but if you start to feel any tension just leave

Loosingthebigkickers Sun 20-Oct-13 14:56:22

my ex bestf caused s scene at (I guess at the time) boyfriends brothers funeral. He'd died unexpectedly and tragically. All because she was offered to sit up front with the family. . she didn't want to..was so rude etc and then ensued a row at the wake over their dd. Unbelievable. But typical of her.

Nanny0gg Sun 20-Oct-13 14:45:19

It's more likely to be the wake where there will be problems.
Go to the funeral and then head home and all will be fine.

Thants Sun 20-Oct-13 14:43:31

One of our friends slept with his best mates gf. They all stopped talking to each other after that.
But when a close friend of all of ours died last year everyone went to the funeral. The just kept a distance from each other and the ex friend didn't come to the wake. No one wanted a scene or problems we all just wanted to remember our friend who had passed away. I think you should go.

Bettercallsaul1 Sun 20-Oct-13 14:42:17

OP - I had exactly this situation a couple of years ago, when I really wanted to attend the funeral of a relative but knew there was a great deal of mutual animosity and hostility smouldering amongst some members of my family - made worse by the fact that they handn't seen each other to express their feelings since the last family funeral! I decided to attend the church service only and completely avoided the "social" bit afterwards. I also sat as near to the back of the church as possible, in order to make a hasty exit as soon as the service was over, thus managing to avoid all those concerned. I have always been glad that I attended the funeral, while completely avoiding any accompanying unpleasantness which would have blighted the occasion.

EBearhug Sun 20-Oct-13 14:37:05

The service itself should be fine, as should the first drink afterwards. Any funeral I've been to, people have managed to stay civil, if there are underlying tensions, and just avoid the person they've fallen out with, but I realise this doesn't always happen. There were plenty of tensions in the time leading up to and after both my parents' funerals, but on the days themselves, things mostly went okay.

I would always try to go to a funeral of someone if they meant something to me. It's an important rite of passage with good reason.

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 20-Oct-13 14:35:19

Sorry just realised I put partner instead of husband

ImperialBlether Sun 20-Oct-13 14:34:20

Why doesn't your husband want to be with you?

TheNunsOfGavarone Sun 20-Oct-13 14:33:10

Do go - the service at least will be very interesting. You can leave before things get complicated.

TheNunsOfGavarone Sun 20-Oct-13 14:31:43

Things got messy at Dad's wake when one of my brothers got pissed, tried to pick a fight with another brother and burst into tears - but that didn't happen for several hours and until after quite a bit of booze had been drunk shock .

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 20-Oct-13 14:29:13

Go to the service then go home.

Could your partner go with you and wait outside for you. I think it pretty shitty thing for a partner not to support you at a funeral.

AmberLeaf Sun 20-Oct-13 14:29:00

A glass or two of sherry at the wake can bring simmering resentments to the surface...

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 20-Oct-13 14:25:49

I don't understand why you wouldn't go if you wanted to - if it gets messy, you just leave surely?

Tommy Sun 20-Oct-13 14:24:25

it depends whether the people going are civilised or not!
If you want to go, then go. you don't have to go to the reception afterwards of you think it's going to kick off - people usually behave themselves in church and at the crem

Bettercallsaul1 Sun 20-Oct-13 14:21:42

A funeral is the last chance to say goodbye to someone. If this person was important to you, go - you may always regret it , if you don't.

AgentZigzag Sun 20-Oct-13 14:11:43

I would say weddings and funerals are the places where people are supposed to be on their best behaviour, but because they're so emotive and bring together so many people who have a shared history, they're the worst for fallings out.

And with funerals they seem so much worse because they're supposed to be dignified and about the person who's died and support for their family.

I would say to go and say your goodbyes, there's no reason why anyone would drag you into anything. If they do just say it's not the time/place for it.

WestPier Sun 20-Oct-13 14:07:00

I've not fallen out with anyone but his family life was complicated and various colleagues fell out with each other over the years.

He was a great guy so I'd like to say 'goodbye' but I don't want to get sucked into old grudges or any family stuff.

Dobbiesmum Sun 20-Oct-13 14:03:02

I did some time working as a bar manager in my student days and covered an awful lot of wakes, ime if there's bad feeling that will be when any bad feeling blows up. I saw some real fights starting, usually a result of built up resentment and a few drinks. Tbh, if you think it will be one of those types of funerals I would go to the service and give the wake a miss.

Grennie Sun 20-Oct-13 13:53:48

People generally behave well at funerals. If there was going to be any visible ill feeling, it would be afterwards when people are drinking alcohol. But I think most people even then would just avoid the people they dislike

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