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Posted by Mummy Dearest on Jan-17-2007

Tomorrow, I have to go to a funeral. You see, my sister-in-law’s father has died. The custom in The Father’s family is that when there is a family funeral, each branch must be represented. This being his brother’s wife, of course, one of us must attend.

Guess who is in Turkey right now ?

Guess who won the ticket and shall function as the representative of our branch of the family ?

Do you know, that I actually own onyx jewelry ? Or is it called jet ? In any case, I have a full set of mourning jewelry.

Bucky must have given it to me, some time before I was 15. After all, a lady must have the proper jewelry to wear when in mourning.

I won’t be wearing it tomorrow.

Suppose that I am just not a proper lady.

  1. Mary Said,

    I didn’t realize there was proper jewelry to wear to a funeral.

    Sorry about your family’s loss, though!

  2. sue Said,

    Think : Queen Victoria.

  3. sue Said,

    Mary, during the Victorian era ( I think), if a relative of one’s died, one had to wear *mourning* clothing*. For how long, depended upon the relationship to the dearly departed, husband, Aunt.

    Initially, one was required to wear only black ( hence the black jewelry), and then one could move onto half mourning, which would include lavender ( don’t ask me why).

    One could cause quite the scandal by not observing the rites of mourning clothing.

    Or so I think it went….

  4. Dorothy Said,

    Wow. I have some mourning jewelry, but did not think of it as such til reading your description. Sorry for the loss. It’ll be nice when dh is home for awhile.

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