I just got back from participating in Fr. Pat Foley's mother's funeral. He is pastor of St. Joseph Church in downtown Pensacola. I know it was hard from him to celebrate the funeral Mass and preach the homily for his mother, but he did a magnificent and courageous job. The homily was excellent.
It is about a six hour drive from Macon to Pensacola.
I celebrated the funeral Mass for my father 22 years ago. But I've been telling my mother not to expect me to do it for her. However, after experiencing my friend celebrate his mother's funeral and preach, I think that I might be able to muster up the ability by God's grace. While my mom is 90, she's not yet near her time. But one never knows.