U is for Undertaker

Once again I have picked a theme for the A to Z Challenge. This time I aim to entertain rather than to educate. My theme is careers or occupations. I begin with a piece of creative writing.

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Ursula and Uriah are undertakers (morticians). They provide a necessary service to their community, preparing corpses for burial or cremation. They also support bereaved families by guiding them through the logistics on the day of the funeral. In our culture they arrive usually with one or more black cars for the immediate family, which follow the hearse. They carefully arrange the floral tributes on top of the coffin (casket) and show respect to the deceased and to the mourners. During the service they unobtrusively ensure that everything is in the correct place and provide practical support to the person conducting the service, whether it is a faith-based or secular one. Their work is not limited to the day of the funeral. They have all sorts of administrative duties to perform. Sometimes they return to a graveyard later for burial of the ashes. People’s personal preferences have to be honoured.

Further reading: Undertaker

Jesus Christ surprised a funeral procession. What happened? Luke 7:11-16