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“People in small towns instinctively want to help each other through a crisis. In good times, you're always complaining that everybody knows your business. In bad times, you know that the covered dishes are on the way.”
“Polishing silver is the Southern lady's version of grief therapy.”
“We regard it as a civic duty to show up at the house and at the funeral because what we call a 'big funeral' is respectful to the dead and flattering to the surviving relatives.”
“We're people with a strong sense of community, and being dead is no impediment to belonging to it. We won't forget you just because you've up and died. We may even like you better and visit you more often.”