Why do funeral directors bow at the coffin?

So why do Funeral Directors bow at coffins? Respect. The aim when working with any family is to show their loved one as much dignity and respect as possible. Even though this person may not be walking on this earth any longer does not mean that they deserve any less respect.
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Why do funeral directors walk in front of the hearse?

When the cortege is ready to leave, the funeral director will ask everyone to make their way to their cars. The funeral director will then walk in front of the hearse for a short distance. This is a mark of respect to the deceased and also gives following cars an opportunity to join the cortege.
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Do you bow to a coffin?

Everyone attending a funeral should walk up to a couple of yards from the coffin and make a slight bow or curtsey in respect for the enormity and irretrievability of death. Then they should take their place for the ceremony.
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Why do they cover your legs in a casket?

Tradition, Region and Culture

Many people choose a casket that covers their loved one's legs simply because that's how it's usually done in their country.
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Do Funeral Directors sew the mouth shut?

A: The mouth can be closed by suture or by using a device that involves placing two small tacks (one anchored in the mandible and the other in the maxilla) in the jaw. The tacks have wires that are then twisted together to hold the mouth closed. This is almost always done because, when relaxed, the mouth stays open.
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Why are you buried without shoes?

Rigor mortis and other body processes make the feet larger than usual and often distort the shape. Many times the shoes of the deceases no longer fit. Even with the correct size, the feet are no longer bendable, making it a challenge to place shoes upon them.
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Is the brain removed during embalming?

Most bodies in funeral homes tend to be prepared the same way, even if they're going to be cremated rather than buried. The body is injected with the preservative formaldehyde in a hidden place, either under the armpit or in the groin. The formaldehyde is then pumped into all areas of the body, including the brain.
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Why is the casket only half open?

Viewing caskets are usually half open because of how they are constructed, according to the Ocean Grove Memorial Home. Most of today's caskets are made to be half open. They cannot lie fully open for viewing.
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Why is only half the body shown in a casket?

The lid of the half-couch casket includes two different pieces that are hinged together. If the family chooses to have a wake or an open casket funeral service, only the head-section will be open to ease out the viewing. This way, people get to see only the upper half of the deceased.
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Why do funeral directors carry a cane?

Some people still make this simple gesture of respect, when any hearse passes by. The funeral director often leads the procession carrying a cane or ornamental walking stick. The stick, or 'wand 'is a hark-back to a centuries-old tradition, which fell out of practice in the later half of the 19th century.
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Who walks in first at a funeral?

The processional is led by the officiant and is followed by the pallbearers who carry the casket. Next, the family and kin to the deceased walk down the aisle, followed by close friends as they take their seats in the first few rows. A funeral recessional marks the end of the funeral service.
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Do you follow the coffin into the crematorium?

Typically, the family will follow the coffin into the venue and be seated at the front. An officiant will lead the cremation service, which usually includes readings, eulogies and music. These can be chosen by the family. Some crematoriums have curtains.
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Why did they throw water in front of the funeral procession?

The water used to wash the corpse before placement in the coffin was traditionally kept to be thrown in front of the hooves of the horse drawing the funeral carriage. Later, this developed into the symbolic act of neighbors and family throwing buckets of water as a mark of respect for the dead.
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What do you do with the cross from a funeral?

You could share it, meaning each of you possess it for a length of time and then pass it to the next sibling. You could also determine it by birth order where the oldest receives the cross, or give it to the sibling who was most responsible for the end of life care and funeral planning of the parent.
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Is it disrespectful to overtake a hearse?

Hearses usually travel at around 20mph, a speed that has potential to create long queues. While drivers are often wary of appearing disrespectful to overtake a procession, they also don't usually want to feel like they're intruding in the group by driving directly behind it.
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Why do they put gloves on the dead?

As early as the 1700s, gloves were given to pallbearers by the deceased's family to handle the casket. They were a symbol of purity, and considered a symbol of respect and honor.
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Why do caskets have pillows?

A rather large overstuffed pillow is included in the interior package of a finished casket. This pillow helps to hold the decedent in an inclined position. This position helps present a naturally comforting presentation to the survivors.
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How long is a body preserved in a coffin?

If the coffin is sealed in a very wet, heavy clay ground, the body tends to last longer because the air is not getting to the deceased. If the ground is light, dry soil, decomposition is quicker. Generally speaking, a body takes 10 or 15 years to decompose to a skeleton.
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Why do coffins go feet first?

Carrying a coffin with the feet first helps keep it balanced and also means the deceased is being handled with great care. The funeral director will provide instructions on how to take the coffin.
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Does water get into coffins?

Coffins are not watertight so when the grave fills with water it also fills the coffin, which decomposes and rots the bodies faster.
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Do people in coffins wear shoes?

No, you don't have to, but some people do. People bring slippers, boots or shoes. When we dress a person in a casket, it can be whatever the family wants them to wear. We are traditionally used to seeing men in suits or women in dresses.
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Why do they put cotton in nose after death?

Cotton is placed in the nose to prevent fluid drainage when the body is prepared for viewing by the family or at a funeral service. This is standard practice at Funeral Homes and is taught when studying Mortuary Science.
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Why are people buried 6 feet under?

Six feet also helped keep bodies out of the hands of body snatchers. Medical schools in the early 1800s bought cadavers for anatomical study and dissection, and some people supplied the demand by digging up fresh corpses. Gravesites reaching six feet helped prevent farmers from accidentally plowing up bodies.
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Do morticians remove eyes?

We don't remove them. You can use what is called an eye cap to put over the flattened eyeball to recreate the natural curvature of the eye. You can also inject tissue builder directly into the eyeball and fill it up. And sometimes, the embalming fluid will fill the eye to normal size.
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