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Lifting the dead — 2 Comments

  1. I have been to only two funerals in Northern ireland where I have walked behind the coffin and at both of these the daughters took part in the carrying of the coffin as indeed did other close female family friends and relatives. The Milltown cemetery is very large and it took 45 minutes for us to reach the grave side. Austin was carried every step of the way. It showed to me the enormous love and respect his family had for him. By the end of the journey it was becoming a struggle with frequent swaps but he was not to be left to the undertakers car.

  2. I have been at funerals where there was actually a rota of lifts. Each team of four being summoned forward in good time. The Church of Ireland community, being very conservative, would probably tend to expect men to do the carrying.

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