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    The Right to Carry Your Deceased

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    The folks at the church decided it was too dangerous to have us carry the casket into the church for the service.

    They used a trolley to carry it out of the church to the front steps.

    Then, reluctantly, with repeated warnings to relieve us if we needed it, they let us carry it down the steps and one hundred+ yards to my father's burial site.

    To a man, every one of the bearers found the experience exhilarating and deeply meaningful.

    Today, I wonder how long it will be before we will have to sign releases before we can carry our own dead?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmiller1610 View Post
    Carrying Your Father.jpg

    The folks at the church decided it was too dangerous to have us carry the casket into the church for the service.

    They used a trolley to carry it out of the church to the front steps.

    Then, reluctantly, with repeated warnings to relieve us if we needed it, they let us carry it down the steps and one hundred+ yards to my father's burial site.

    To a man, every one of the bearers found the experience exhilarating and deeply meaningful.

    Today, I wonder how long it will be before we will have to sign releases before we can carry our own dead?
    Is this a city ordinance or something the church just came up with on their own?

    Sorry for your loss, btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    Is this a city ordinance or something the church just came up with on their own?

    Sorry for your loss, btw.
    No, it's just the church trying to protect itself. But give us another 50 years and our litigious society will convince everyone that pulling a muscle is a risk you shouldn't take.

    Carrying your deceased to their grave-site use to be something nobody would question and if the carriers couldn't do the job, they would be shamed by their community.

    It was REQUIRED, not excused with trolleys and lawyers.

    I find it sad.
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    I recall the scene in the movie...Places in the heart, in which the sheriff was shot dead, brought home and placed on the dining table for his wife to clean and prep.

    We've made death as "sanitary" as possible.

    note I don't mean sanitary as in hygienic...I mean it the other way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    I recall the scene in the movie...Places in the heart, in which the sheriff was shot dead, brought home and placed on the dining table for his wife to clean and prep.

    We've made death as "sanitary" as possible.

    note I don't mean sanitary as in hygienic...I mean it the other way.

    Indeed, people used to be born at home and die at home in the arms of their loved ones.
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    Disgusting.

    This is a very personal moment for those involved, the Church has no right to deny them this very emotional moment.

    Shame on the church for being more concerned about a lawsuit than the people.

    Sorry for your loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmiller1610 View Post
    No, it's just the church trying to protect itself. But give us another 50 years and our litigious society will convince everyone that pulling a muscle is a risk you shouldn't take.

    Carrying your deceased to their grave-site use to be something nobody would question and if the carriers couldn't do the job, they would be shamed by their community.

    It was REQUIRED, not excused with trolleys and lawyers.

    I find it sad.
    In 50 years I'll be 100. I'm not carrying shit at that age, dead or alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knight View Post
    In 50 years I'll be 100. I'm not carrying shit at that age, dead or alive.
    And of course, you have every right to not carry.

    The issue of the OP is whether the law will eventually stop people who want to take the risk and carry their dead.

    It's a projection forward of risk management by the legal system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmiller1610 View Post
    And of course, you have every right to not carry.

    The issue of the OP is whether the law will eventually stop people who want to take the risk and carry their dead.

    It's a projection forward of risk management by the legal system.
    I am confused. How is this a legal problem?

    If you want a particular church to hold a funeral service for your loved one, don"t you expect to do things their way?

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