I have just returned from the bug's funeral. It really was quite a lovely affair. A2K was well represented. For those of you who couldn't attend, I offer this photo of the ceremonies...
I hadn't realized the bug was a veteran. Eva was kind enough, along with her husband and son, to carry the flag. I have a new respect for Eva. She was one of the few people on this thread who showed true compassion. Her grief over the bug's untimely death was almost too painful to watch. She's a strong woman and her husband and son should be proud.
Mr. Stillwater had made fun of the bug's death and treated this whole thing as a joke, yet there he was at the funeral, flanked by Montana (white shawl) and Ceili. I knew Montana and Ceili would show up because they are good, decent, god-fearin' women and they always show up at these affairs, but I certainly didn't expect to see Mr. Stillwater. Yet there he was in all his sartorial splendor, weeping with the rest of us.
Near the umbrella a woman in a white coat wept silently. Yes, people, that is Onyxelle. Her grief was real.
The bug was buried at St. Edwards Cemetery.