Giving the dead a good send-off

A friend told me an intriguing story about a funeral. The dead man’s grandson prepared for the cremation by dressing his grandfather as he had normally dressed when leaving the house: with his jacket, and in the pockets a ten pound note, a mobile phone, some cigarettes and a lighter.

These would all be burnt in the crematorium. Nevertheless the grandson, a man who did not consider himself a religious believer, insisted on dressing him like this. Something must have been going on at a subconscious level.

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