Thanks to everyone for the kind words regarding my Uncle's funeral. PJ wrote up a wonderful synopsis of the proceedings in the comments to the last post, so check that out if you're interested.
While the reason for the occasion may suck, funerals do offer an opportunity to be together as a family. And given that I have one of those huge families where cousins many-times-removed grew up together and aunts and uncles possess the same authority over the kids as parents, there was an abundance of hugs, kisses, laughter and tears. It's something special, and it's always hard to leave.
But it was awfully good to get back home to my wife and kids.