Thursday, March 30, 2017

Saying Good Bye

 In the early nineteen forty's funerals were mostly  held at home.

Outside help was only needed when the family needed help supplying the coffin or digging the grave.

The coffins were made of wood, by neighbors and friends who volunteered their help.

 Never charging anything for their time or  the material.

 Poplar lumber was a good choice for coffin- making . 

 The graves had to be hand-dug, using picks and shovels.

 That task often was  hard and difficult, during the winter months.

The body of the person deceased,  was never left alone.

Food was brought to the home, by neighbors and friends.

 For family and those who came to sit up with them.

 Southern folks had a wiliness to help one another during the loss of a loved one.

Traditional ways... of coffin making... grave digging.... and  sitting up... with the dead are long gone.

Funeral homes have taken over that task today, and we go to their places to say our farewell's.

But it hasn't always been that way.

I  remember very well, when it was done at home,  by loving neighbors and friends .

 Funeral cost  have changed a lot over the years.

And so have neighbors and friends who come to help out.

But there is one thing that hasn't changed  people still need a helping hand, a kind word spoken,  and a loving touch by someone who cares.

Until Next Time.  God Bless

My Meditations By,  Coleman

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