Even though funerals are often thought of as sad times…
…our family is trying really hard to look at today, the day we lay Kramer to rest, as a party day. We keep telling Carver and Scotty that we are having a party for Grandpa.
In the photo above the flag at the fire station here in town is being flown at half staff.
The fire department and first responders are taking on a big part of the funeral today. I’ll see if I can get some pictures of it all to share with you. We couldn’t be more impressed with the outpouring of love that they have sent out to our family.
All the fire trucks and rescue squads were cleaned and polished.
We got the event center all ready yesterday for the party…and yes, it will be party. Kramer wanted it that way and that’s what we intend to try to do. He was a big guy with a big personality and deserves a big send off.
Kramer and I were both from southern Minnesota and wake/viewings were different than they are here in Iowa. In Iowa there are often lines of people snaking around of people who were waiting to give their condolences to the family. We have been in lines that are an hour or more long. The family receiving the visitors were typically in a line along the casket. Visitors have to great each family member even if they don’t them. It’s very respectful but can be a little bit awkward.
In Minnesota, at least at the funerals we attended, there seemed to be more of a relaxed atmosphere. The family might have a couple people at the casket but the rest of the family mingled….more like at a wedding when the parents of the bride and groom mingle. There isn’t a line of family that all must be greeted. This is more the style that Kramer liked…and that’s what we are attempting to do tomorrow. Our family will be out and around mingling. People can find us and pass along their condolences but it will be much more of a party atmosphere. Being the burial will have already happened and there is no casket to attend, we are hoping that we might be able to achieve more of a party atmosphere.
We’ll see. Either way…We’re going to give him the biggest send off we can. Sure there will be tears but our hope is that there are many more moments filled with joy and remembrance.