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Old 07 Mar 2009, 11:22   #1 (permalink)
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After a year battling cancer of the kidneys and lungs, my father succumbed and died peacefully at about 10 p.m. on Friday night. I was present with my mother and brother as well as some of my uncles and aunties along with some of my father's friends.

As per Islamic Customs, we immediately brought my father's body back to his hometown so we might begin to bury his body as soon as possible. I volunteered to escort my father's body to our hometown along with one of my uncles. We reached at the house at about 12:45 a.m. The burial was due at about 10 in the morning but heavy rain delayed it to about 12 noon. Just in time for afternoon prayers.

But before that, we had to clean the body and as the son, I participated and help cleaned the body. I mostly clean my father's upper body (Face and Shoulders) with soap and water and then with scented water. Once done, we wrapped him up in several layers of white cloth that's peppered with fragrances. After prayers, we bring the body to our clan's cemetery near the mosque. Again as the son, I joined in burying my father; placing my father's remains in the burial plot and burying it. After some more prayers, the family (with my mother, brother and I going first) poured water and flower petals. After that, we say our goodbyes and continue on with our lives.

My father left behind 4 wives, 2 sons, a daughter and a grandson (born a week ago).
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Sorry to hear this Zenny. Are you still as okay as you said you would be?
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Yeah, I'm alright. Like I said, I already accepted that he's dead and the fact that he's not coming back. At most, I cried for like a minute after the doctor failed to resuscitate him after his heart went out.
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My sympathies Zen. I think it's very big of you to honor him so much considering everything.
You have my condolences and respect.
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My sympathy and well wishes to you Zenai and your family

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My sympathies Zen. I think it's very big of you to honor him so much considering everything.
You have my condolences and respect.
Thanks Didn't want to meet my Dad in the Afterlife and hear him complain about me not doing what a son should have done during his father's funeral. Also, it was either:

A) Sit and sulk with the womenfolk. Obviously boring and very depressing.

or

B) Help out and past the time. Obviously more interesting and dutiful than the alternative.
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Sympathies Zen, its never a nice thing to have to bury a father.
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Sympathies Zen, its never a nice thing to have to bury a father.
Again, I volunteered. It's more out of duty and whatever respect I had left for my father. Whether it's nice or not, it wasn't on mind at the moment. Thinking back; it was more fo the duty thing.
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My condolences Zenai. Take it easy eh?
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