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Joyce Coomer could have planned a funeral at 9 years of age

In Pellyton, last rites were major theatre: 'After a funeral, the topic of conversation for a day or so was what the neighborhood women did and did not like about the funeral director's laying-out of the deceased. The music selections and the pastor's delivery of the funeral sermon were also critiqued, as well as the behavior of the family of the recently deceased.' - JOYCE M. COOMER
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By Joyce M. Coomer

By the time I was nine or ten years old, I could've planned a funeral for any female in the neighborhood with ten minutes' notice.

After a funeral, the topic of conversation for a day or so was what the neighborhood women did and did not like about the funeral director's laying-out of the deceased.


The music selections and the pastor's delivery of the funeral sermon were also critiqued, as well as the behavior of the family of the recently deceased.

Just about every detail was covered, from hair to makeup to dress to casket color (and the lining color), to the flower arrangements to jewelry and other adornments.

The deceased's clothing choice (more likely, the choice of whatever family member who had been delegated that chore) was pondered over, and nearly everyone mentioned having a dress or outfit in their closet that they wished to be laid out in, some clothing purchased specifically for burial use. (I don't remember anyone ever discussing underwear selection but I may not have been around if it was discussed.)

Favorite hymns and who they liked hearing singing said hymns was also a hot topic.

I'm sure there are many readers who remember such conversations.

- Joyce M. Coomer



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