Re: Royal Funeral
Earl Needham (kd5xb@AMSAT.ORG)
Fri, 5 Sep 1997 17:14:39 -0600
At 07:59 AM 9/5/97 -0500, Bob Vincent wrote:
>> Subject: Royal Funeral
>> Date: Friday, September 05, 1997 5:25 AM
>At the end of a funeral, prior to the committal of
>the body, the coffin is sometimes opened in the church, and the
>congregation exits by filing past for one last look. It is a deplorable
>manipulation of emotions. People sometimes scream and faint, and an
>occasional widow hugs the corpse and has to be pried loose.
At the wake for my cousin's funeral a few years ago, my aunt (his mother)
just up and died. No big attack or anything, she just cried & died. I
understand what you're saying very intimately.
>One wonders if this is what the international press is wanting to see:
>Prince Charles lunging for the body of his former spouse, screaming a
>tearful, public repentance for the divorce and his failure to love her as
>all the rest of the world did.
Funny thing, though -- that kind of love isn't/wasn't his calling. The
"rest of the world" loves her much differently than a spouse would/should.
Another funny thing is that, as you said below, we really can't see what's
in his heart. I happen to think that the Royal Family is being very
gracious to fly the flag at half mast at the castle (a breach of protocol?)
and even to publicly acknowledge the loss of the Princess.
Earl Needham, KD5XB
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