August 10, 2008

Grandpa's Funeral - Day 3

August 9

We're in for another long and exhausting day. But the morning looks promising. See the Jesus rays above? I took this as my Dad drove to Kalihi from Waipahu.
Today is Grandpa's Funeral. We will be at Our Lady of the Mount for a final mass and then we will drive to Valley of the Temples for his burial.
It is our (Filipino) custom to say goodbye to our departed with open casket and cry and grieve over them. There is no taboo over touching the body. This is what I grew up with. After all, all that's left is the shell of the person.


Kathi said...

have i been away from your blog for so long...since your post in june? seems i check it often. guess not often enough. i'm sorry to hear of your grandpa's passing and my heart goes out to you and your family. i am filipino on my father's side and want to thank you for sharing your photos of your trip. they brought back bittersweet memories of my grandfather's passing.

best to you-

Jane O said...

Kathi - thank you for your condolences. Lots of happened in the last couple of months that it has been hard for me to keep up. It's only been recently things have somewhat gone back to normal. Thank you again for your wishes!

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