sprgrss: So the man has no relatives or anything, then what does it matter if people come to his funeral?
Lady Indica: FTA: The elderly shouldn't need to wait until they're dead to experience the kindness of strangersI couldn't agree more. I'm not currently doing this, but years ago I participated in an 'adopt a grandparent' program at some Catholic old age facilities. I know a wee bit of ASL so I was paired with an elderly woman who was deaf and non-vocal. The facility didn't have anyone fluent in ASL, and her vision was poor. She had a son who lived somewhat locally, but he was a dickhole.I've always really liked old people. They're blunt because they're old and they think about dying a lot. So a lot of the social bullshiat is just gone, and they're generally happy as hell to talk about their past. I find that utterly fascinating.Not everyone is as weird as me, so if listening to old people ramble on (I could spend days with Grandpa Simpson utterly entertained, I really could) there's tons of other things you can do. Arrange to take pets (that can behave) to visit an old age facility. If you have a hobby you could bring it to a facility and enrich their lives. If you're a gamer, think of how much games could enrich the lives of people who are mentally fit, but physically infirm.
DoctorCal: 'This guy needs and deserves your help.'No, he really doesn't. He's farking dead. I'm sure he would have appreciated some of this attention prior to room temperature, though.
Iron Chef Scottish: So every WW2 Allied serviceman is now a hero? He was farking ground crew. It's good & necessary to pay respect to these people but 'hero'? No. And I strongly suspect the deceased would say the same.
NewportBarGuy: This will be one of those days where I love the internet.
IronOcelot: Got to hear some hellacious war stories, learn to play mean game of dominoes, drink a ton of booze those geezers smuggled in and had a veritable river of poon open up for me as all the grand daughters thought that a young man "choosing" to spend time listening to Gramps ramble on was sexy.
Lorelle: Yup, although it was noted in the article that he was a private guy. It would be nice if the people who attend the funeral can give some attention to the WWII vets who are still around.
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