Mary retrieves wet puppies from the sack where they were almost drowned in. She place 3 of them on her lap. She reaches for the "last one", then hugs Laura tightly. The puppies would have been crushed.
The funeral sequence takes place in continuous torrential rain but it was very clearly shot on a day of cloudless blue skies and blazing sunshine, despite efforts to hide it with tight framing and not showing the sky.