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Some people's families...

For most people, when their parents go away on vacation, they ask them to take care of the dog or water the plants. My dad just asked me to close a grave.

...Ash interment at the Old Church Cemetery, Saturday morning 9:00 AM. The good news is that the hole required for cremains is really rather small, and the 2x good news is that the minister conducting the service has a practice of asking the friends and family present to each put a shovel full of dirt in. So, to quote my dad "it'll probably be almost all filled in by the time they're done."

Eh, what can you do? Besides, some of my best story-telling stories have come out of that graveyard.


PS: I am amused, and a little weirded-out by the fact that Firefox's spell-checker knows the word cremains.

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half_elf_lost
Sep. 24th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
the minister conducting the service has a practice of asking the friends and family present to each put a shovel full of dirt in

A beautiful tradition that at first felt creepy to me, but now I think is a communal way of putting someone to rest. In Judaism, adding dirt to a grave is considered a mitzvah. At my Aunt's funeral, the attendees did all the work and it was done much faster than I would have thought.
netcurmudgeon
Oct. 1st, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think it's an excellent thing. We Americans have gotten so removed from the living (and dieing) world that any that helps us reconnect is good.

I got a call on Friday letting me know that the family had chosen to do something else, so there was no graveside service -- at least, not on Saturday.

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