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Old 10-06-2019, 11:08 PM   #1
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Does anyone do this anymore? Or has the custom died out? My dad was born and raised in Morgan City La and when I was little and we went over there for a funeral someone from the family always stayed after visitation and the rosary overnight. Was told it was the last thing you could do for them not leave them alone. Maybe it was a Cajun culture thing but I haven’t seen it done in years.
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:09 PM   #2
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Never heard of it.
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:11 PM   #3
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I have never heard of that...I’m curious about feedback as to see if it is more common than I am aware of
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:11 PM   #4
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Hell no. I'm out.....

I've heard of it though. I've also heard in Georgia that a funeral is a pretty casual occasion and afterwards the family buries the casket,which wasn't a very fancy one. Same for a funeral in Arkansas. It's not uncommon to see someone wearing sweat pants at a funeral there.

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Old 10-06-2019, 11:15 PM   #5
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Does anyone do this anymore? Or has the custom died out? My dad was born and raised in Morgan City La and when I was little and we went over there for a funeral someone from the family always stayed after visitation and the rosary overnight. Was told it was the last thing you could do for them not leave them alone. Maybe it was a Cajun culture thing but I haven’t seen it done in years.
Not sure how common it is, but I saw it just a year ago down south where we are. I’ve been told the “old timers” did it back in the day for folks?
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:22 PM   #6
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In the Jewish culture they never leave the body unattended once someone has passed.

It's considered the highest honor and respect you can do for someone, there is no way they can pay you back for doing it.



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Old 10-06-2019, 11:23 PM   #7
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I’ve heard of this, but never known anyone to actually do it. I’d say it’s a regional thing.
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:24 PM   #8
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Never heard of it.

I'd say spend time with your loved ones while they're alive so you're not trying to do so once they're dead.
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:25 PM   #9
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Definitely regional
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:27 PM   #10
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very common 60 yrs ago
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:28 PM   #11
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It’s called “sitting up with the dead”
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:36 PM   #12
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I guess it is a regional thing. I believe it was very common in South Louisiana at one time. Not sure if it’s still that way.
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:38 PM   #13
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Ernest, When I was a kid I can remember someone always sitting up with the dead. I haven't heard of that in recent years. I guess its died off.
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:17 AM   #14
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It is done in the fire service, also a man is assigned to be available for family.
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:22 AM   #15
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Ernest, When I was a kid I can remember someone always sitting up with the dead. I haven't heard of that in recent years. I guess its died off.
It was originally done because there were occasions where someone would come back to life and someone stayed there in case it happened. Nowadays, technology can pretty much assure you that once you go in that box...you dead
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:33 AM   #16
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I think Ray Stevens did a song about sitting up with the dead.
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:35 AM   #17
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Never heard of it, and I’m out on that anyway.
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:42 AM   #18
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They also had someone sit up with the dead because back in those days they were not embalmed and needed to be sure the body stayed flat as is was decomposing before burial. Hence the dead would sit up.
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:48 AM   #19
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It was originally done because there were occasions where someone would come back to life and someone stayed there in case it happened. Nowadays, technology can pretty much assure you that once you go in that box...you dead
Holy crap balls can you imagine being the person that was sitting there and the person you're there with wakes up? I'd wreck a place getting out of there. I'd wreck it bad.
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Old 10-07-2019, 01:26 AM   #20
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I don't know about staying at a funeral home all night, but I did help bury a guy in Kentucky many, many, many moons ago.

The deceased was in the den for nearly 24 hours. He was cleaned and dressed by family.

I helped dig the grave, and palled him to it. Wasn't exactly fun. He was young.

The family was not Catholic, probably a Protestant. Really down to earth/simple.

Affected me a bit.
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Old 10-07-2019, 02:31 AM   #21
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The last time I participated was for my grandfather in 2009. We had to pay a hefty sum for that privilege, and I believe it has been the reason for the tradition to cease in our family.

We also still dig the grave by hand, zero equipment used. I will do the same for my parents, but will not ask that it be done for me. If my sons choose to do so, that will be their decision. We always use it as a time to reminisce about our family member, to share stories of their life that had an impact on us, funny stories of their crazy/humorous moments, etc. and gives the men a chance to pay their last respects
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Old 10-07-2019, 06:50 AM   #22
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I've also heard in Georgia that a funeral is a pretty casual occasion and afterwards the family buries the casket,which wasn't a very fancy one.
Not that I've seen.

The women get all dressed up and sexy like. Funerals are a great place to meet hot chicks.
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:04 AM   #23
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in the Hispanic Culture, this is \was a common practice, up all night praying the Rosery, drinking coffee and visiting, nothing unusual about it down Down
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:07 AM   #24
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:10 AM   #25
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My Dads family did this and he told us about sitting with 2 or 3 others and as they were sitting the dead man sat up. This was in the days of houses that sat on blocks. All of those boys left out an open window. Dad was born in 1917.
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:23 AM   #26
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Yes.
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:35 AM   #27
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It’s called “sitting up with the dead”
This^^^
Never seen it but know about it


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I think Ray Stevens did a song about sitting up with the dead.
And Jerry Clower had a skit about it

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Old 10-07-2019, 07:50 AM   #28
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Don't know about sitting up with the dead, but we pulled an all night keg party at a funeral home for a biker friend.
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:59 AM   #29
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This might help also.


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Old 10-07-2019, 09:24 AM   #30
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I think this was common, starting a few hundred yrs ago.
A chemical reaction between alcoholic beverages and lead drinking vessels would cause a temporary comatose state in the "deceased". They would "come back to life" so family members wold sit with them to witness the event and the "deceased" would not be buried alive. Hence, the graveyard shift!
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Old 10-07-2019, 09:38 AM   #31
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Not a chance I'm staying at a Funeral Home over night!
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Old 10-07-2019, 09:42 AM   #32
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I've heard of it but its senseless. Its just you in a empty building. Aint nobody home at that point.. Just a shell..
Go sleep in your own bed..
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Old 10-07-2019, 09:45 AM   #33
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I remember hearing of this growing up, especially when the body was in wake at the church.
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Old 10-07-2019, 10:12 AM   #34
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Never heard of this but will never forget the sound of dirt hitting a casket, shovel after shovel full. Brother of a friend had passed and rather than pay for services, the majority of the work was done by friends. As soon as the casket was lowered in the ground with lariat ropes, they started covering him up.
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Old 10-07-2019, 10:15 AM   #35
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Never heard of this but will never forget the sound of dirt hitting a casket, shovel after shovel full. Brother of a friend had passed and rather than pay for services, the majority of the work was done by friends. As soon as the casket was lowered in the ground with lariat ropes, they started covering him up.
on the same note I really dont understand the concept of you not being able to be buried on your own property......I mean its your land and you should be able to be buried were you want and with who you want.......
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Old 10-07-2019, 10:30 AM   #36
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Old 10-07-2019, 10:31 AM   #37
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Does anyone do this anymore? Or has the custom died out? My dad was born and raised in Morgan City La and when I was little and we went over there for a funeral someone from the family always stayed after visitation and the rosary overnight. Was told it was the last thing you could do for them not leave them alone. Maybe it was a Cajun culture thing but I haven’t seen it done in years.
It must be a La thing, we still do it.
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Old 10-07-2019, 11:01 AM   #38
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I've heard of it, too. While it is not very common anymore, it used to be all of the time. Not a regional thing but I think the south tends to hold onto traditions longer than the rest of the country.
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Old 10-07-2019, 11:06 AM   #39
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I've heard of it from old timers in my younger days. Mostly it was done for the various reasons stated previously.

On that note, when we made arrangements about 7 years ago for my FIL, the costs associated with the funeral services were outrageous. I understand some of that, but they wanted to charge $600 to use the hearse to take him from the funeral home to the rear of the cemetery, about 500 yards away. Naw……….cremate me, do whatever with the ashes in 2 specific places that I've picked out and be done with it.
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Old 10-07-2019, 11:27 AM   #40
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The Italians still do it.

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Old 10-07-2019, 11:59 AM   #41
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At one point in history it was done to keep the body from being stolen to be used by medical students to learn anatomy. They would also sit in the cemetary for a few days to make sure no one robbed the body from the grave. Side note: When they got a body that "had a little age" on it the professor sat at the top of a ladder to point out the organs. He used a long stick to stay away from the smell. That's where the term, "I wouldn't touch you with a ten foot pole" came from.
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:13 PM   #42
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You might say it died out
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:18 PM   #43
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Fascinating...I honestly would have thought the Cajuns would have deep fried the cadaver. Those people will eat anything.
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