The picture above was a real casket company in Washington, D.C. back in the 1920’s. I included it because this is a post about caskets…sort of.
Let me preface this by telling you right upfront that I am one of those wicked people who tend to laugh at inappropriate things and at inappropriate times. And after reading the paper the other day, I burst out laughing so hard I had a terrible coughing fit (retribution?) and had to run for the Robitussin stash.
You see, there was a funeral somewhere — I don’t recall the details — but as the grave attendants were lowering the casket into the grave one of the casket straps either broke or slipped off. The casket went kattywampus toward the grave and the deceased literally fell out the bottom of the casket — much to the horror and dismay of family members and onlookers.
Now most of you will gasp and say, “How horrible a thing to happen.” I, on the other hand, bust a gut laughing because…c’mon it’s FUNNY. Macabre? Yes. Disturbing? I’m sure. But FUNNY nonetheless. This guy fell out of his casket.
I’m giving myself a little leeway here on the laughing part because you see when my Mom was buried not long ago, the cemetery actually dug up the wrong grave and they BURIED her in it. Dolts. They put her in a plot that was intended for a cousin of mine. Now, that’s FUNNY. Why? Because my Mom was an attention hound — all eyes always had to be on her; she always had to outdo everyone else and this time she beat her own niece into her niece’s grave. And yes she was dug up and reburied in the correct grave. TOO FUNNY.
So I think the casket caper is hilarious. Forgive me – I’m just wired that way. I know it’s not overly nice and some of you may think I’m downright rude – but, frankly, I’m still giggling just a bit.
On the serious side, the family is suing the cemetery and the funeral home because as it turns out the bottom of the casket was cheap stapled particleboard. I sincerely hope they win a tremendous settlement to ease their suffering and to ensure their loved one does indeed receive an honorable and respectful burial.
But if he falls out again, I’m warning you…I may laugh.