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04 March 2010 @ 07:49 pm
Customs around death  
I suppose it all depends on what you grow up with, but I find open-casket viewings creepy as hell.
 
 
hedwig5221hedwig5221 on March 5th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
I don't do funerals well at all and I've been to two in the past week (good to see you last night!). I don't like open casket funerals...yes, they are creepy. Personally, I would rather just go to a memorial celebrating the persons life about 2 weeks after the burial. I don't know what it is about the South...very creepy indeed.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 5th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
I have another one Saturday -- the father of one of my coworkers passed on Friday last. I don't know if anyone else from the department is going; I'm going so we'll have a presence there and because this coworker is someone I like.

My family tradition is a memorial service within the week, but it's just a memorial, no casket or body present. Then afterward we go back to someone's house and eat, drink, and make merry, remembering them. Like prophet_marcus says, some tears here and there, but no wailing or collapsing in hysterics.