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Interesting and Unusual Funeral Facts

In addition to the interesting facts we’ve been posting to FaceBook, we have included some others below.

A properly folded military flag shows 4 stars, one each to represent the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.

Taberger’s safety coffin was developed in 1829. It included a bell to ring that would alert the graveyard workers if they were being buried alive.

Prior to the 20th century, some European families would hire professional mourners to either look sad or wail.

Elephants and chimpanzees both have been known to bury their dead, by throwing leaves and branches over the deceased members of their families.

An odd spot to have a cemetery, an apartment building’s parking lot in Hattiesburg, Mississippi has a small cemetery.

Flowers placed at the grave were originally brought to promote good will with the spirit of the deceased.

The tradition of playing loud music at an Irish wake originated with the belief that it would ward off evil spirits. The wake also presented an opportunity to watch over the deceased to see if he/she would awaken.

In NH, embalming is not required prior to cremation, and it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise. The only time embalming is legally required is if the family chooses a public service with an open casket prior to cremation. Embalming is also required if the deceased is to be transported from one state to another by common carrier.

There are many interesting funeral facts on the Internet, as well as some myths. If you have heard of a unique funeral fact (or myth), please share it with us and we’ll provide more information on it.

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