This was going to be hard. Riptide had never even attended a funeral before, let alone planned one himself. In fact, he couldn't recall ever having anyone he cared about die and not come back, though that might be due to the fact that his entire family was cursed. He was starting to look at that curse more as a blessing now, when it seemed so easy to lose the ones you love. He hadn't spent nearly as much time with Leesha as he'd wanted to, but she still had been a dear friend to him, and he couldn't shake the overwhelming guilt that tore at his heart for not being able to save her.
As soon as the meeting had ended, the Shaderunner had hurried to the cemetery, wanting to make sure he had enough time to prepare before the masses arrived. Around her newly dug grave he'd place a dozen or two lit candles of various sizes, arranging them so that they lit the area with a warm, solemn glow. How ironic, that the whispering pines would shine brighter tonight as they said goodbye to one of their own. He'd also scattered flower petals across the patch of earth where she now lay, wanting to make it a beautiful ceremony but not knowing what else to do. Riptide had failed her in life, he didn't want to ruin her funeral as well.
Finally he'd done all that he could do to prepare for the ceremony, and his clanmates began to slowly filter in. The air was heavy and silent, the sorrow and grief carried in the Veilers' hearts palpable on the cool winter breeze. They were all still mourning, and the lack of justice for Leesha's murder only made it so the wound couldn't yet heal.
Once the majority of the clan had gathered, Ty stepped forward and allowed his sharp ocean eyes to scan the crowd as the candlelight illuminated his dark features. "Thank you all for coming. I know we've put this off for a while now, but its time we all pay our respects to Leesha and finally say goodbye. We'll start with a moment of silence, out of respect for what we've lost, and then anyone who wants to speak may step forward and do so." With that the maine coon stepped back to join the rest, lowering his head and closing his eyes as they sat in silence that seemed to last an eternity.
[anyone who wants to speak can assume the moment of silence is over <3]