Growling Stomach Softens a Somber Moment

One of Us Started Laughing

My nephew Craig had a great sense of humor, and he passed away when he was only 19. At his funeral, the immediate family was all able to go view the body privately. We were all standing around reflecting and saying goodbye, a very silent and somber moment. Then his brother’s stomach growled like I’ve never heard a stomach growl in my entire life, and it just wouldn’t stop. One of us started laughing, then we all busted out laughing—we couldn’t help it. Hearing that stomach growl sure softened a somber moment, and Craig would have loved it. Someone said, “Craig must have set this one up”—as a final way to make us all laugh.

Scott M., Phoenix, Arizona

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