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(Metro)   You know what's respectful? Attending the funeral of a RAF serviceman who had no relatives able to go to his funeral and you stepped up to the task because you're from the internets   (metro.co.uk ) divider line
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2013-11-09 03:20:46 PM  
6 votes:

sprgrss: So the man has no relatives or anything, then what does it matter if people come to his funeral?


It's something that matters muchly to most humans. I don't entirely understand it and I'm on the outs with some relatives at the moment because I don't do the funeral/wake thing (I find it a little obscene to be honest). But it is a very very big deal to most people, and a way that they honor the person who died. If no one goes, then it sorta says no one honored their life/their life didn't matter. The specific appeal in the article being that he is a military vet, and all citizens should honor the sacrifices made by such people. At least that's one aspect of it. Another (and this one I do get) is that we're very social monkeys and the thought of one of our monkeys going off alone is very discomforting. If they had said only one son could attend, or only one grandchild...that isn't as abhorrent to us as 'no one will attend'. Alone is a very awful thing for social animals.
2013-11-09 03:41:16 PM  
4 votes:

Lady Indica: FTA: The elderly shouldn't need to wait until they're dead to experience the kindness of strangers

I 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.


I did something really stupid when I was a teenager and got slammed with 250 hours of community service. One of the things I could do was basically hang out at the community center with the old folks and doing stuff like helping them with meals(they got a free lunch) and just be there interacting with them.

Best. Punishment. Ever.

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.

Oh and it was just FUN.

I clocked in about twice as many hours as necessary because it was just damn cool.
2013-11-09 01:53:18 PM  
4 votes:

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.


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.
2013-11-09 03:33:26 PM  
3 votes:
The people of Great Britain went thru a lot in WWII , I think even the civilians were heroes in that war. This man does not deserve to go out alone even tho he lived his life on his own. It's a shame that he has no one to attend but strangers. He lived alone passing thru many lives in his travels so perhaps there really are no strangers in attendance but people he hadn't had a chance to meet yet.
2013-11-09 04:20:23 PM  
2 votes:

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.


If you'd been aircrew, your airrcraft ("T for Twat") would have been the plane the erks never changed the oil or spark plugs for.  As the Vietnam War expression went, "sorry 'bout that", as they looked at your chalked name wiped off the ops board.
2013-11-09 03:06:43 PM  
2 votes:
FTA: The elderly shouldn't need to wait until they're dead to experience the kindness of strangers

I 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.
2013-11-09 02:20:54 PM  
2 votes:
My wife's grandad was one of "The Few" during the Battle of Britain.  God bless the RAF.
static.bbc.co.uk
2013-11-09 11:54:31 AM  
2 votes:
'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.
2013-11-09 10:44:08 AM  
2 votes:

NewportBarGuy: This will be one of those days where I love the internet.


The shells from the honor guard at my Korean War Vet dad's funeral that were handed to me do not go unnoticed.

/he likes the view of the Connecticut River that he loved so much
2013-11-09 10:05:16 AM  
2 votes:
This will be one of those days where I love the internet.
2013-11-09 03:48:23 PM  
1 vote:

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.


That sentence ended MUCH better than I thought it would at about the halfway mark.
2013-11-09 03:24:58 PM  
1 vote:
You know, I'm not 100% sure, but that looks a lot like the feller whose birthday 4chan celebrated a few years ago.  He received an outpouring of well-wishes, cards, and just a ton of support in a rare moment of golden good from 4chan.  It got real dusty on that old website that day.

But, again, it might not be. All old people look the same to me.
2013-11-09 03:21:28 PM  
1 vote:

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.


Compared to your generation of Nintendo-playing smart-mouths, yeah, they're all an heroes.
2013-11-09 03:20:14 PM  
1 vote:
2013-11-09 03:12:41 PM  
1 vote:
House Reddit
2013-11-09 03:11:36 PM  
1 vote:
So the man has no relatives or anything, then what does it matter if people come to his funeral?
2013-11-09 01:57:53 PM  
1 vote:

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.


You mean the old guys that were knocking down barricades in DC last month? They seemed to get plenty of attention.
 
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