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[General] Memorial Garb

What on earth is appropriate to wear to a memorial when almost all of the crowd will be SF/fantasy authors and fandom, and the individual being memorialized is one of the most colorful individuals in Seattle-area SF/fantasy fandom (and later, professional writing)? Wearing something staid and formal just seems... really /wrong/, somehow.

(For those who are curious, F.M. 'Buz' Busby's memorial service is this weekend.)


In my experience, memorials and funerals no longer strictly follow the old formal dress of mourning black or navy. It depends on the deceased's personality (there's a definite difference between high society and old commune) and the people honoring him. Slacks or a skirt and a blouse sounds like it'd be fine in Busby's case; subdued colors are always safe.

This reminds me of songwriter Malvina Reynolds' "No Closing Chord", which was found among her papers after her death. Pete Seeger put it to tune and he sang it at her memorial concert along with family and friends. It's something I'd like played at my own service.