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Bagpipes And Funerals, A Morbid Cliche

Sat Dec 17, 2005 1:18 pm

Is it just me, or is there something terribly wrong with a profession that high fives when they see on the news that a cop or fireman was killed on the job because they know they are about to get a gig? Who started this godawful insanity? Do we really think Amazing Grace on the pipes is appropriate at EVERY SINGLE FUNERAL of a cop/fireman? It's just creepy at this point!
I've felt this way for a while, but this article devotes several sentences to the pipers alone!
http://www.postgazette.com/pg/05350/623602.stm

Seriously, is it just me or is this just wrong?
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RE: Bagpipes And Funerals, A Morbid Cliche

Sun Dec 18, 2005 6:16 am

With all due respect to the deceased and their loved ones, yes, I do agree with you. It has become a cliche. I don't remember it much before about ten years or so ago and now I cringe every time the routine shows up on TV news.

Hey, these people who sacrificed their lives in public service were individuals--so how about a ceremony that shows their individuality and isn't just part of a cookie-cutter routine.
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RE: Bagpipes And Funerals, A Morbid Cliche

Sun Dec 18, 2005 6:21 am

Aren't most funerals pretty morbid?
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RE: Bagpipes And Funerals, A Morbid Cliche

Sun Dec 18, 2005 7:04 am

Bagpipes are pretty much a fixture at a lot of funeral services here. (And weddings, for some bizarre reason!).

I think they add to the melancholy of the situation, which seems to suit most people. A lot depends on the ability of the piper. Maybe we dont get as many public cop/fireman funerals, so it doesn't have the exposure to become a cliche - the description of the massed band of pipers, and the lone piper disappearing over a hill sure sounds extremely theatrical. (... makes mental note for last requests...)

But isn't a funeral meant to be about the deceased, and not the special effects? Sounds like the organisers had the priorities a bit skewed maybe?

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RE: Bagpipes And Funerals, A Morbid Cliche

Sun Dec 18, 2005 2:25 pm

Someone, I don't recall the source,once definated a gentleman as someone
who knows how to play the bagpipes...but doesn't.  Smile
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RE: Bagpipes And Funerals, A Morbid Cliche

Sun Dec 18, 2005 2:44 pm

One man's cliche is another's tradition.

Most Police/Firefighter funerals are the same, though I'm sure the department would honor any special requests by the family.
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RE: Bagpipes And Funerals, A Morbid Cliche

Mon Dec 19, 2005 4:10 am

i thought each fire department in the US had its own pipe band, and it was them that played at the funerals for their colleagues?
 
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RE: Bagpipes And Funerals, A Morbid Cliche

Mon Dec 19, 2005 4:18 am

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 5):
One man's cliche is another's tradition

Exactly.

Not every LEO or FF gets the pipes. Those that die in the line of duty or have a long history in the profession are the most-likely candidates. However, the family has the final say.

I've made my wishes aware to my friends and family. I want the pipes. I also want one of my department's trucks to carry my casket...no hearse for me.

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RE: Bagpipes And Funerals, A Morbid Cliche

Mon Dec 19, 2005 4:56 am

Quoting TNboy (Reply 3):
(And weddings, for some bizarre reason!).

Wedding = end of life.
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