The Time the Wake Viewing Line Was Out the Door

Thompson Memorial HomeFunerals are most always sad occasions. I know that all too well. A couple of weeks ago, I went to a wake of a friend’s father. It was raining, which I’ve found to be a trend for funerals and/or wakes of people I’ve known.

When I got there, I found a line out the door. I’ve never seen that before, but it happened at the Thompson Memorial Home down in Red Bank NJ.

From what I learned about him, he owned a pizzeria in the area and was influential in the community. I read that he kept the place open during Hurricane Sandy.

It seemed like there was good reason for the line to be out the door. It took about 45 minutes to actually get into the funeral home, which looked nice but a little small when I went inside. Then, it took another 20 minutes to actually view him and say my condolences since the line wrapped into the casket-free common area, into a hall and around another bend.

Man, I hope that I touch that many people when I die.

Have you ever been to the Thompson Memorial Home? Tell me about your experience in the comments below or on Twitter @ChrisKeuling!

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