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Bush's Gravestone Bears a Simple Inscription

41st president was buried Thursday after a Navy hymn

(Newser) - Texas A&M says the private, graveside service for George HW Bush's family members has ended and the former president has been buried. Thursday evening's ceremony concludes days of funeral activities honoring the 41st president, the AP reports. After lying in state at the US Capitol and a... More »

Presidential Funeral Train Is First in Nearly 50 Years

It'll make a roughly 70-mile journey

(Newser) - The locomotive was painted to resemble Air Force One, but George HW Bush joked that if it had been around during his presidency, he may have preferred to ride the rails rather than take to the skies. "I might have left Air Force One behind," Bush quipped during... More »

A 'Dramatic Moment' Before No. 41's Funeral

World leaders and past presidents to gather in DC Wednesday to remember George HW Bush

(Newser) - The mail has been stopped , the NYSE has been shuttered, and past US presidents, world leaders, and other dignitaries are converging on DC to attend the state funeral for George HW Bush. President Trump, who has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning , is set to attend the service for... More »

Man Shares Photos of Wife, Unborn Child Killed in Crash

Zach Kincaid wants people to see his 'nightmare'

(Newser) - "A drunk driver speeding down a two-lane highway at 85+ mph in the wrong lane around a blind corner destroyed my family," writes Zach Kincaid. If you want to know what that destruction looks like, Kincaid makes it plain to see. The father of four posted a series... More »

Man Holding Yard Sales to Finance His Own Funeral

Veteran Willie Davis has stage 4 cancer, wants to be buried near his parents

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man has been holding yard sales to pay for funeral expenses. The catch, as per the AP : It's his own. Some of his customers are going a step further to help. David Dunkleberger says he and his friend Ed Sheets pulled into a yard sale in Brownstown... More »

Why John McCain Chose His Final Resting Place

The Maverick was to be laid to rest at the US Naval Academy

(Newser) - John McCain was laid to rest Sunday at the cemetery at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., a choice the AP called "as deliberate as the other details of his procession ." Instead of spending eternity in Arlington Cemetery where his admiral father and grandfather are buried, the... More »

Trump Has a Response for Meghan McCain's Swipe

'MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN,' he tweets from golf course

(Newser) - John McCain appears to have handed his feud with President Trump down to the next generation, reports USA Today , and the latter took to Twitter to apparently respond to Meghan McCain's swipe at his campaign slogan while eulogizing her father on Saturday. "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN," he... More »

Mother Says Son's Funeral Ruined by Overeager Cops

She wants officers who came to her son's funeral to arrest his best friend held accountable

(Newser) - A deceased Virginia man's funeral was interrupted last week when his mother says around a dozen police officers barged in to arrest a mourner. Per WWBT , Hopewell police were acting on a tip when they showed up Friday to the funeral of 31-year-old Troy Howlett in order to arrest... More »

Priest Tells Mourners to Take Casket, 'Get the Hell Out'

Incident occurred last Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church in Maryland

(Newser) - Mourners showed up at a DC-area Catholic Church last Wednesday to pay their final respects to Agnes Hicks—and ended up being told to "get the hell out of my church." The Washington Post reports on the "disturbing scene" captured on video at St. Mary’s Church... More »

Man Asks Mourners to Bring Shoes, Not Flowers

He wanted them to be donated to needy families

(Newser) - Shoes, not flowers. The final wish of a Michigan man was fulfilled Monday when dozens of children's shoes were donated at his funeral in Saginaw. Dennis Wright of Perry died of cancer at age 61. He had asked mourners to skip flowers and instead give something that could make... More »

Man Suffers Death by Coffin at Mom's Funeral

Coffin fell as it was being carried up a ladder in Indonesia

(Newser) - An Indonesian man died at his own mother's funeral. It wasn't a broken heart but rather death by coffin. Samen Kondorura, 40, had been helping carry his mother's coffin up a bamboo ladder to a funeral tower called a lakkian on Sulawesi island Friday when "suddenly... More »

Lottery for Stephen Hawking Service Has One Odd Detail

Time travelers are welcome to apply

(Newser) - No time travelers showed up at the party Stephen Hawking held for them in 2009, but they'll still be welcome when he's laid to rest. In what was apparently a form of invitation, not an error, people entering the lottery to attend the late professor's memorial service... More »

John McCain Is Blocking Trump From Funeral

It's 'ridiculous,' says Sen. Orrin Hatch

(Newser) - As Arizona Sen. John McCain gets his affairs in order , focus has moved to the 81-year-old's funeral. NBC News reports that former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have each been asked to deliver eulogies at the event at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, while President Trump... More »

Political A-Listers Appear at Barbara Bush Funeral

Historian Jon Meacham gives memorable eulogy

(Newser) - Barbara Bush was the "first lady of the greatest generation." Addressing former presidents, ambassadors, and hundreds of other mourners inside the nation's largest Episcopal church on Saturday, historian Jon Meacham recalled Barbara Bush's quick wit that made her so popular, the AP reports. He also spoke... More »

Trump Is Skipping Barbara Bush's Funeral

Melania will represent White House

(Newser) - President Trump won't be joining his wife in attending the memorial service of former first lady Barbara Bush, matriarch of a political dynasty that Trump often clashed with during his 2016 campaign. The White House said Thursday that Trump would not attend "to avoid disruptions due to added... More »

Infant Twin Wakes on Way to His Funeral

Family in India noticed 'dead' baby moving in bag in a case of 'shocking criminal negligence'

(Newser) - Police are on the case of an upscale New Delhi hospital for what the Times of India calls a "shocking case of negligence" after a premature newborn was declared dead, then later discovered by his parents to be alive on the way to his funeral. The BBC and the... More »

Manson's Grandson Forgave Him. GoFundMe, Not So Much

Fundraiser for Jason Freeman, meant to help pay for Manson's funeral, shut down by site

(Newser) - Charles Manson has a next of kin willing to claim his body, but grandson Jason Freeman might not be able to get to California from Ohio in time. GoFundMe pulled the plug on a fundraising site set up to help him with travel and burial expenses Thursday after $979 had... More »

We Masked Death's Smell With Candles. Then Lincoln Died

Brian Walsh argues we switched to embalming because of the late president

(Newser) - Abraham Lincoln is famous for many things, and in a piece for the Conversation , Elon University assistant professor Brian Walsh argues the 16th president's list of accomplishments should be longer by one. He writes that America's embrace of embalming our dead should be credited in part to Lincoln.... More »

Son Bathes Dead Thai King's Charred Bones in Last Goodbye

King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 5-day funeral is underway

(Newser) - With solemn faces and outright tears, Thais said farewell to their king and father figure with elaborate funeral ceremonies that cap a year of mourning and are steeped in centuries of tradition. Smoke rose just before midnight Thursday from the spectacularly ornate crematorium built in the year since King Bhumibol... More »

Now in Japan: Drive-Thru Funerals

Aging population is impetus behind move

(Newser) - For those in wheelchairs or with other mobility issues, funerals can be tricky to navigate. And in Japan, where 1.43 million people are expected to die annually by 2020, the need for a solution is pressing, reports the Japan Times . Enter Kankon Sousai Aichi Group, based in central Nagano... More »

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