Friday, July 15, 2011

Bagpiper at a funeral

Bagpiper at a Funeral
I found this anonymous article deeply moving -- I hope you do, too.:)

As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a
funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless
man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a
pauper's cemetery in the back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.
I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends.I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

Apparently I'm still's a man thing!!!!!


PoetessWug said...

I laughed..I cried. Good article. :-]

Krishenka said...

I was sent this by email 4 years ago and as I was have a clean out found it and it still made me laugh, hope you didn't cry too much :)

city-of-brass said...

Very touching indeed. Do love Amazing Grace. Played on a bagpipe? Even better. Played on a bagpipe during a funeral? How can one not weep?

And how ... can someone manage to be late on an occasion like that because THEY DID NOT ASK FOR THE WAY?!

MEN, really now ... =_=

Krishenka said...

It was playing to a septic tank that cracked me up :) Thanks for popping in city

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Hehe! Hey, at least his heart was in the right place :) Not to mention he touched those septic tank workers with his music! Lol

Handmade in Israel said...


Junie said...

LOL Chrissy !!!

Krishenka said...

Glad you found it funny Handmade:) Waves to Junie are you still making your candles?

lambs and ivy designs said...

That cracked me up, after I got the lump out of my throat!

Krishenka said...

Ha ha Lambs I was the same first time round :)

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