I decided to plunge into writing the funeral scene, skipping past whatever occurs to get all the characters there. I have not attended a funeral service in so long, I can’t even remember how many decades have passed. It means I don’t have many memories to tap into for descriptive inspiration.
They said things to her like, “I grew up with your mother,” and “She was such a wonderful woman to work with.” Molly only nodded and tried to smile in a sad way. They accepted her stoic appearance as normal grief and moved on to talk with someone else. She didn’t have much experience with this specific emotional facade but there were plenty of people in attendance whom she could imitate.
Today is Thanksgiving (in the USA), another one of those times when people who might rarely spend time together gather anyway. The emotional tension might be a reasonable substitute for how they would act at a funeral. Do you think they’ll mind if I take notes?