Last Friday, January 20, we had the unfortunate task of burying my mother-in-law after a sudden and unexpected death on January 9.
As is the practise with MGW’s family, and I think it a great idea, there was a private burial at one of Geelong’s older cemeteries followed by a memorial service and afternoon tea at the church my in-laws attend.
Like many city cemeteries, it is close to capacity and the trustees are commencing to reclaim graves. So some poor soul was dug up and told to move on, to make room for Mother-in Law, who was buried alongside two old graves, concrete lids, headstones etc.
Personally I am not in favour of the practise (of reclaiming graves) but it seems to becoming more popular as cemeteries near capacity in our larger cities.
MGW, her sisters and father had arranged with the undertaker to remove the sheaf of flowers, which was on the casket, and take it back to the church for the memorial service. As time came to lower the casket the undertaker appeared from the opposite side and retrieved said flowers. As he returned to his previous spot, a cracking noise was heard. Undertaker appears to be a bit tipsy and looks like he is over balancing. Another crack and undertaker begins a sudden descent and does over balance, landing heavily.
However, he does save the flowers, but not his trousers. They suffered a severe gash.
Moral of this story.
Don’t walk on concrete graves constructed in the 1940s.
At least that is what I assume he did. My line of sight was blocked by minister and casket.
He told us later at the memorial service that news of his mishap had reached the office before he did.
Nice to have workmates who are so caring!
So, what became of those flowers? The family decided that they should be returned to Mother-in-Law’s grave.
Guess who won the job?
I can tell you I was on my tippy toes trying to keep as much weight off the soil next to Mother-in-Law, as possible.
I should also add that these photos were taken three days later. Hence flowers looking a bit sad and the broken lid securely contained within its walls.