Comments: Funeral Detail

I have to say, like you, it was the military portions of my FIL's and my father's funerals that got me. There are many wonderful people who go the extra mile to ensure veterans are duly honored. For that matter it makes me cry just to think about it.

And OMG - all the funerals I've been to, we did the graveside service then left. They did the rest after we were gone... I never thought anyone jumped in to do all that while the crowd was still there... caulk and duct tape... OMG...

Posted by Teresa at August 7, 2010 10:53 PM

My uncle died about 4 years ago. It was my first mausoleum graveside service. There was going to be a military flyover by a vintage WWII plane, but it was running late. We were all mulling around the outdoor mausoleum, when a man told us we would all have to step back. The man used a scissor lift that hoisted the casket up to the fourth level. They threw in some ball bearings that make the casket slide in better (I guesss), and then they rolled the casket into the vault. Afterward, they closed the cover to the vault. They got out the biggest caulk gun I'd ever seen and caulked the cover. Then they lowered the scissor lift and the workers left, on to the next funeral. The flyover happened a few minutes later.

What was the topic at the funeral luncheon: the guy with the caulk gun. Hilarious.

Posted by Jerry in Indiana at August 7, 2010 10:54 PM

Yaa, I was pretty loopey... wish I had made it to the funeral but really didn't want to bring the boys and had no way to get someone to watch them. Then again, I was still 'out of it' on Friday!

Posted by vwbug at August 8, 2010 06:11 AM

That was the big discussion as well, what do they do on the upper levels??? That would have just been a riot if we'd had to witness the lift as well.

They put the casket on this big plastic tray. It reminded me of something we use every day or close to it, and for the life of me I've not been able to remember. I remember looking at it thinking, "Hunh. They make them that size too?"

Posted by Bou at August 8, 2010 08:35 AM

Very interesting- mausoleum vault sealing procedures as catharsis for the bereaved. There's a research subject for ya.

Posted by Sean at August 8, 2010 09:48 AM

One funeral I went to nearly took an extra body to its grave...the funeral was finished, but the people were filing between the family sitting in the chairs and the casket which was on the railings over the grave itself. As a mother was talking to the family, her lively seven-year old son was dancing around...and yes, his foot slipped under the casket's ruffle and his leg up to his hip went into the grave...someone caught him before he could go further. I could imagine his nightmares that night. And as the mom, I would have been saying, "SEE? I TOLD you to be still and stay by me!!!"

Posted by Mrs. Who at August 8, 2010 10:12 AM