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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 »

Hundreds Attend Farewell Party for Dying Marine Dog

Cena served in Afghanistan before becoming a service dog

(Newser) - Hundreds of people in Michigan came together to say a tear-filled final goodbye to a cancer-stricken dog who served three tours in Afghanistan with the US Marines, reports the AP . Cena the 10-year-old black lab received a hero's farewell Wednesday before being euthanized at the USS LST 393, a... More »

'Ramblin Man' Gregg Allman Laid to Rest Near Highway 41

He was buried in same cemetery where he and his brother used to write songs

(Newser) - Legendary Southern rocker Gregg Allman was laid to rest Saturday near his older brother Duane in the same Georgia cemetery where they used to write songs among the tombstones, not far from US Highway 41, the AP reports. Thousands of fans lined the streets of Macon to honor the "... More »

Chris Cornell Laid to Rest Beside His Friend

Singer's grave is 12 feet from legendary rocker Johnny Ramone

(Newser) - Family and friends of Chris Cornell gathered at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles Friday to say goodbye to the rock icon. Rolling Stone reports that members of Metallica, the Foo Fighters, and Jane’s Addiction as well as musicians Pharrell Williams, Krist Novoselic, and Courtney Love paid their... More »

To Say Goodbye, Man Slept Beside Dead Wife's Body

Russell Davison says he recommends the experience to everyone

(Newser) - It may sound like a case of not being able to let go, but a British man who lost his wife to a 10-year battle with cervical cancer last month says that staying by her body for six days actually helped him say goodbye and was a "beautiful and... More »

The Land Where the Dead Never Die

Torajan families don't bury loved ones until they're ready—and even then it's not over

(Newser) - In most parts of the world, wakes and funerals are the main form of ceremonial closure people have when a loved one passes away. Things are a little different in Indonesia's Toraja region in Sulawesi, where Sahar Zand headed for the BBC to reveal a ritual most may find... More »

Shaq Steps Up for Family of Kid Who Killed Self on Instagram

He's paying for the funeral of 13-year-old Malachi Hemphill

(Newser) - The 13-year-old boy who accidentally killed himself on Instagram Live will be laid to rest on the dime of Shaquille O'Neal, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution . After hearing about the tragic death of Malachi Hemphill, who was attempting to load a gun when he shot himself in the head,... More »

Pregnant Mom Loses Husband, Two Kids in an Instant

Husband was flying their 2 kids home from a Phoenix wedding

(Newser) - A pregnant mother who learned last week that she is expecting a daughter is now going through the unimaginable: planning the funerals of her husband and older two children. Randall Wells, a Mormon bishop and experienced pilot, was flying his single-engine Cessna 172 home to Utah from a wedding in... More »

Texas Rules Fetal Remains Must Be Buried, Cremated

Whether they're from miscarriages or abortions, no matter the gestational age

(Newser) - Texas women came forward earlier this month to tell their miscarriage and abortion stories to fend off proposed new funerary rules for embryonic and fetal tissue, but sharing their experiences apparently fell short of the mark. Per state health officials, starting Dec. 19, hospitals, abortion clinics, and other facilities will... More »

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