In the south, funeral services are almost like a spectator sport. I have been to more than I care to remember, and each one has the same basic tenants. You have the viewing, service, etc.
But... there is also the taking care of the family that everybody does. This is also a science. You cook for days, you clean their house, you do whatever you can to ease the burden on the family members.
We had a new experience at my sweet Mother in laws funeral this past week. People brought the food, drinks, flowers, plates, cups, etc... All COMPLETELY NORMAL...
Then, in walks somebody with a HUGE bundle of toilet paper... well, there was silence, because that was a first. Never seen it. Never had it happen. Never heard of this happening either. Couldn't believe what we were seeing.
The explanation was....everybody brings the food, drinks, etc, and then what happens? You have to go............. and nobody has that much toilet paper.
Well, we took the toilet paper, thanked her profusely, and when she left - well, everybody was positively hysterical.
I gotta say, it wasn't a bad idea.. the whole dang family has enough toilet paper now for a couple weeks.
And, it added some much needed laughter to a very sad situation.
So, thank you Toilet Paper Deliverer... your contribution won't be forgotten any time soon!!