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Burials with gadgets #345774 03/24/10 01:36 PM
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Both silly and pathetically sad at the same time, IMHO....

article here

Re: Burials with gadgets [Re: Alice] #345775 03/24/10 04:00 PM
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Since we moved up here to NE Pa 10 years ago, I've served at some Parastas services where some of the most outlandish things have been put in the casket with the deceased. One guy had a six-pack of Yuengling Beer in the casket with him (IMHO, that's not even a very good beer-but it's a local brew). I've seen caskets loaded up with model airplanes, model firetrucks, Yankee caps, you name it. I don't remember seeing such tackiness at N.J. funerals (not that N.J. is more Christian-quite the opposite!).

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Originally Posted by Deacon Robert Behrens
Since we moved up here to NE Pa 10 years ago, I've served at some Parastas services where some of the most outlandish things have been put in the casket with the deceased. One guy had a six-pack of Yuengling Beer in the casket with him (IMHO, that's not even a very good beer-but it's a local brew). I've seen caskets loaded up with model airplanes, model firetrucks, Yankee caps, you name it. I don't remember seeing such tackiness at N.J. funerals (not that N.J. is more Christian-quite the opposite!).


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It must be a regional thing, because just across the border in central New York I haven't seen such things at funerals here.

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Re: Burials with gadgets [Re: Deacon Robert Behrens] #345778 03/24/10 04:21 PM
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Except for a new suit I wouldn't expect anything else in my casket.

Have people been buried with icons or crosses?

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Originally Posted by Terry Bohannon
Except for a new suit I wouldn't expect anything else in my casket.

Have people been buried with icons or crosses?


Icons, crosses - yes.

Re: Burials with gadgets [Re: Alice] #345787 03/24/10 06:18 PM
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You'd be surprised at the requests we have had. My concern is that we seem to make a big push for recycling so that heavy metals don't go into the ground and then turn around and bury cell phones, remotes, and other gadgets containing those very things.

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Only things (not counting bodies) I've ever seen go in coffins are religious medalions, flowers, and clerics buried fully vested, ready for divine liturgy.

Oh, and one chap, was wrapped in a fur.

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Rifles, handguns, masonic regalia and insignia, religious items, whiskey, beer, cards, cigarettes, Cuban cigars, pictures of the grandchildren, letters from family members, a change of clothes, a second pair of shoes, a cane, crutches, sports tickets, checks, expensive jewelry.

Re: Burials with gadgets [Re: theophan] #345790 03/24/10 08:02 PM
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IMHO, this seems like a move back to the traditions of paganism, and an unsurety about the soul and eternity.

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An elderly gentleman I knew was buried with: a photo of Dolly Parton (wishful thinking?), a bottle of rum and a cell phone.

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Originally Posted by Alice
IMHO, this seems like a move back to the traditions of paganism, and an unsurety about the soul and eternity.


I guess, in a way, I think it more suggests that folk believe in an afterlife - though their thinking may be a bit askew in how they believe it will be lived. Then, too, I've heard it said, a few times actually, that people wanted archeologists who might someday unearth their remains to understand and know what they were like, what was important to them, what they enjoyed in their life.

Many years,

Neil


"One day all our ethnic traits ... will have disappeared. Time itself is seeing to this. And so we can not think of our communities as ethnic parishes, ... unless we wish to assure the death of our community."

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