Re: [TexasCzechs] pictures of coffins
- Maybe I missed something in this subject, but I have been to more funerals (or at least Rosaries/wakes) where the casket is open than closed. I might have just answered my own question: are you talking about open caskets at the actual funeral service/Mass or at the 'wake'? I'm Irish (my husband is Czech) and we usually have some really good wakes......green socks, beer, songs, etc. they usually close the casket before the service starts, but people can go up to the altar before Mass and see the deceased in an open casket.On 7/3/07, Pat Lyon <patsroar@...> wrote:Lois, my mom feels the same way about both the casket pictures and the genealogy. I just went to a funeral for my mom's 99+ first cousin (she would have been 100 July 18.) This is the first funeral I've been to in years where they left the casket open during the service. Is this an old Czech tradition or just an old tradition? The funeral was in West. But I've been to other services there and the casket wasn't left open.Pat Lyon
- --- In TexasCzechs@yahoogroups.com, Lois Petter Pereira
Since this the topic of the "hour". I grew-up in Burleson and Lee
County with the stories of how relatives and friends would sit with
the dead in the living room all night long. I was told on line that
this was one way to make sure the deceased was gone. Then I have
been told this was a way of respect. Also, a lot of times in
the "old days" someone would die in the morning and be buried by
sunset. The general store carried coffins. Many families made
there own. No matter what, there was always a "gathering". This was
where friends and other relatives came to the house bringing food
and drinks. My family and others always used the word "gathering"
say come by never heard the word wake growing-up. This is where many
of the stories we read about came from these gatherings. Also, many
a family feuds started. paulasmaggie
>grandpa were older they would periodically receive pics from Europe.
> My mom was born on Live Oak Hill (Ellinger,Tx) and as grandma and
These would be their relatives who had died overseas. They would be
casket shots. I think it helped them to grieve. I don't ever
remember them pulling them out to look at ever again so maybe they
were thrown away after awhile. My aunt still takes casket shots. I
guess it depends on the person. I find the picture is a piece of
history frozen in time. (My mom thinks they are distasteful but then
she also thinks all my genealogical work a waste of time, so go
figure). lois petter pereira
>Rada, Hlavica, Orsak, Urban, Susil, Manak, Rosenzwieg, Brdusikova,
> Lois Petter Pereira
> Researching Petter, Vitek, Bartos, Papez, Polasek, Kostelnik,
Halla, Psencikove, Slovakove, Susila, Susily
- dear lois---some of my relatives think the same way---a wasteof time and not interested in family history. when iwent to attend my czech aunt's funeral, my cousinsaid "we are glad to see you. the funeral directorwants to know our grandmother's maiden name andwe do not know her name". i gave them her maidenname. they said, "we knew you would know it andtook off". it is nice to know we are good for something.angelina
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