At my grandma’s funeral several years ago, the minister asked people to share stories and NO ONE got up! :eek: Wow, that was a really uncomfortable moment. If we had known that was coming, I’m sure one of us would have prepared something. I really regretted that I didn’t say something really simple like “I’ll always remember Grandma’s huckleberry pie”. I wasn’t about to let that happen again, so when my other grandma died, I prepared something to read. That was much better.
Whenever there is an open mic, there is always the possibility that someone will ramble on forever or say something very inappropriate. However, I kind of like hearing what people want to share. We went to a funeral of the father of one of our friends recently. We didn’t really know the dad at all, but wanted to support our friend. By the time we left, the things that people shared really made me feel like I knew him.
When my mom died a couple of years ago, we did this too. (Not a Catholic funeral.) Our family owned the local sporting goods store and it was cool how many men shared that they would always remember my mom as the person who gave them their first hunting license. (Hunting and fishing is huge here!)
Like everything, this practice has pro’s and con’s. My experience has been mostly positive…sorry yours was not!