Thanks for the E-mail Llama. To answer your question, everything went well and no, there were no really strange relatives that showed up.
The funeral was quite small actually. Jerry and his dad of course and one uncle on his mom's side along with his grandmother, both of them from Michigan.
My mom and I and my three brothers were in attendance along with several members of the band at Jerry's school and his teacher. There were also quite a few members of the parish who knew the family and attended the mass. Music was provided by the church organist who played "Ave Maria" by J. S. Bach and "Kiri Elaison" by D. Archides.
A rosary was held Friday evening and the funeral was Saturday.
Jerry's mother was dressed in a blue evening dress and looked very lovely. An interment was held at the cemetery after the funeral. I and five of Jerry's band mates were pall bearers.
My mom hosted a small gathering of people at our house after the burial.
Jerry will probably need a little time before he is ready to start a journal of his own. He is doing very well and again thanks everyone for their concern.
So much was going on at the end of last week with the closing of the coffee shop and all. It seems strange not to have the coffee shop to retreat to. Oh, Millie and Marsha from the coffee shop also attended the funeral and Millie came to the house afterwards.
It is kind of strange, my mom is treating me very delicately for some reason. I think she senses this has really had a big impact on me.
She keeps saying "honey, are you OK?"
I truly appreciate all the concern she is showing me. maybe it has not set in yet. I know if I lost my mom at this point it would be hard for me and I think she is realizing that.
Thanks again for all the kind words. It helped Jerry in not feeling so alone, knowing that even people he didn't know were thinking of him.