A lady I work with recently lost her husband to brain cancer, she is a very nice person so I made it a point to attend his memorial
mass at the local Evangelical church.
As the service went on, the pastor had asked the man's son, brother, and two sisters to give a little speech about their Father, and Brother.
It was one of the most emotional things I ever witnessed at a funeral.
Remember, most of these people are from a different religion, or don't have any belief at all.
The brother gave a very nice talk about growing up together, one sister just stuck to her written script, it was very hard for her to speak in public.
The other sister read a letter that she started when her brother discovered that he had cancer, so her letter covered events for two years.
She started crying several times when something she was reading struck her, yet she was able to laugh, and get the entire church to laugh along with one of her personal observations regarding her brother as he grew up.
The most emotional part was when his 23 year old son got up and read a tribute that he wrote to his Dad,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
there wasn't a dry eye in the entire church, plus he was crying as he read it.
As I drove home I just reflected on what I had experienced.
A witness for 35 years, only once did I see anyone really cry at a funeral. Never did I see a genuine outpouring of feeling, emotion, or anyone from a different religion actually sharing their feelings at the kh. Everything was always "scripted" and stayed within certain boundaries.
Yet I felt that the emotion, shared feelings, and actual crying in public was more theraputic to the family than a canned "theocratic" talk could ever be.
It's experiences like this that solidify the fact to me that the jw religion actually surpresses basic human feelings.
I'm in a sort of contemplative mood, but has anyone else ever noticed how different and good it is to branch out and experience other spiritual beliefs outside of the wtbts control ?