LETTER: Where was the respect? 

LAST week we buried our mother; a difficult task in itself but made more so by the blatant disregard of motorists to the funeral director performing a mark of respect by walking in front of the hearse.

Have we really become so desensitised to death and loss, that the sight of a hearse is more of an inconvenience than a reminder of how short our own life can be?

I understand how frustrating it can be waiting for a long cort ge to pass; but are there so many funerals in Port Macquarie that people cannot spare 20 seconds to simply let a hearse merge into traffic?

Sadder still is the fact that the main perpetrators of such bad manners were elderly people. Am I the only one to see the irony here? I would also like to pass on my personal thanks to the mother in the XR8 Falcon who almost took out the back of the Hearse while she tore through the roundabout with a car load of kids; laughing uproariously with a mobile phone pressed to her ear - a fine example of motherhood; teaching practical skills to her children on respect, dignity and obeying the law.

Last week it was my mum and I loved her deeply. She would have stopped for you; she was like that.

But next week it could be someone you love, so have some humanity. Death does not discriminate and tomorrow is promised to no one.

Bernadette Tipping, Port Macquarie

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