As we begin any procession to the cemetery,
we walk the length of the funeral line and remind everyone to turn on their headlights.
This gives the procession a higher visibility and
aids in ensuring that we all get to the cemetery together
and safely. It is surprising to me
how many people don't know how to turn on their lights.
It seems that the more advanced our cars get, the more stupid we become.
We are doing our best to get everyone there safely and people look at us
like we're purple.
At the beginning of each service, there is always and announcement.
It may be the priest.
Or it may be the funeral director.
"Please turn off or silence your cell phones."
It is a simple request that shouldn't take more than a second or two
when everyone else is doing the same thing.
Inevitably, at some quiet point in the service, there will be a
phone start ringing. It's usually an awkward tune as a ring tone.
Such as: Stayin' Alive.
Often the person is older and fumbles frantically to ignore the call.
A false sense of calm comes over them for a moment. Then the phone either chimes
that they have received a message or worse yet,
starts to ring again and they answer it, telling the person at the other end of the line
that they are at a funeral.
At this point, they either get up and walk in front of everyone to the hall.
Or they ask for help to shut it off.
Then you will hear the "turning off chime".
Is technology that difficult to understand?
Have we made things worse, by making things better?
Here's a little Funeral Cell Phone Karma for your enjoyment...