- There were no funeral invitations;
- There was a 'burial' and memorial service in one and no wake keeping;
- There was no elaborate programme with dedications and pictures; there was one picture of the deceased on the cover, and a short thank you from the family on the back page;
- There were no funeral donations;
- Lastly, there was no body - he had instructed that his body be given to medicine.
My co-workers were flabbergasted! They just could not (or was that would not) understand:
- Clearly he was not Ghanaian - he was; and then they needed to verify which tribe;
- Clearly he had lived outside and this was some foreign notion - he hadn't;
- Clearly his family should have disagreed - they didn't, they simply respected his wishes, as hard as it was for them to do in the face of tradition.