I was sitting in the front row of the church at the funeral for one of my cousins that I didn't really know. Apparently he had died in a strange accident that nobody wanted to talk about. I have found through life experience that whenever you read or hear about someone dying from an accident, it is a very loose term for a person that committed suicide. I didn't ask my parents how he died because it was a very sensitive question but by the way the immediate family was acting I could sense that my cousin named Dustin had taken his own life.
I listened to the priest say the prayers at great length and once he had completed his lamentations, a lady who I had never seen before decrepitly made her way to the pulpit to say the eulogy for Dustin. She started off by explaining that Dustin was born a farm boy and as he grew up as a youth he desired to be an astronaut, but instead settled for a solid paycheck working for the town as a truck driver. Then at the age of 26 he married the love of his life named Sally and they had two kids named Jeremy and Zach. Then for whatever reason she changed topic and spoke about how times had changed and how Dustin refused to change with them. She started to talk very negatively about Dustin, saying how he had cheated on his wife by frequenting massage parlors. The old lady lady then blasted Dustin for lying about his employment and ranted about how he had been unemployed for most of his life and would simply lie around the house in his underwear drinking beer. The old lady then finished the eulogy with these final statements. "I just wanted to let all of you know that Dustin was a bastard, a cheater, a liar and deserves to go to hell. He was lazy and a half wit moron that neglected his wife and kids. He was a loser, a clown and a good for nothing waste of skin. I know that you have all heard that he died from some kind of freak accident, but the truth is he took the easy way out and killed himself by hanging, the damn coward! But good riddens as the world is much better off without the lowlife vermin. Now, will somebody open his God damned coffin so we can have a look at the mug of this dirty, rotten scoundrel."
She then dropped the mic and hobbled off the stage. The crowd was in shock at what she had said and so was I as I had not known that he was like that at all. But I was right about one thing and that was that he had committed suicide.
The coffin lid was opened only feet away from where I was sitting and I was shocked with what was in the coffin. Dustin was there in a suit, lying down, dead, but the rope from his suicide hanging was still around his neck.