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Running Late to a Funeral

I know you’ve heard the saying and may have even said this about me, ahem, cough, cough;  “She’ll be late to her own funeral!”

There are those of us who, try as they might, still run late to social obligations. But, what about our own funeral? Elizabeth Taylor passed away on March 23, 2011. Her instructions for her funeral included the casket arriving 15 minutes late to the service. You gotta love a woman with a sense of humor!

Church Clock

Even in death, she left her loved ones with a little laughter and a little sarcasm. I’m thinking of leaving the same instructions in my will!

I remember talking with a funeral director once who told me, “We grease our welcome mats. It’s our way of drumming up business.” Now there’s the answer to not being late to your funeral!

Funerals are Serious

No joking, funerals are serious. Grief is real. The service itself is a time to show respect to the deceased and their loved ones. It isn’t the place to bear grievances or air disagreements. I attended the funeral of a very dear friend’s father’s recently. I couldn’t believe it when she nor her children were included in the list of family by the minister. All because a stepmother didn’t want her included. Her father was lying in a casket. He will never call her name again. It wasn’t too much to ask to have a minister list her as a surviving family member.

casket with roses

I know this modern-day Cinderella and she is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. She could love Hitler from a concentration camp. A wicked stepmother is a piece of cake.

My friend is a believer. She believes that God will sort it all out in HIS time. And fortunately, HE is never late.

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Kim Burdette

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    July 9, 2018 at 8:19 am

    I had no idea that Elizabeth Taylor had those instructions. How funny! My cousin (who was often told she would be late to her own funeral) was in fact late when there was an accident on the road to the cemetery and the hearse had a hard time turning around like the rest of the vehicles. We all made it to the funeral and were waiting when she finally got there. We’ve been laughing about it for years. My grandmother jokes that she probably had to stop for pantyhose (that had been her usual excuse). Ha!

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