Bearing the coffin
Before hearses were commonplace, pallbearers were needed to carry the coffin from the ceremony to the graveside. As funeral transport has evolved, the role of the pallbearer has become more historical than functional.
One lady recently requested bearers to all wear Liverpool shirts… they looked quite nice actually because it was like they were all wearing a uniform.
It used to be the norm in many parts of the country for the Funeral Directors’ bearers to carry the coffin on their shoulders, with the Funeral Director walking a few paces in front – now people increasingly want to carry the coffin themselves where possible.
Many consider it a mark of respect for family and friends to bear the coffin, whether carrying the coffin or bearing it on their shoulders.
For further information on changing funeral trends you can view or download The Ways We Say Goodbye
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