Religion: Burial at Night

Friends of Franklyn E. Rees in Omaha, Neb., waited four days after he died this month, until his sister should arrive for the funeral. She came, the night before Easter. The mortician in charge, Leo A. Hoffman, did not like the idea of a funeral on Easter, thought it might bring the mourners sad recollections on future Easters. Efficient, enterprising, Mortician Hoffman had an idea. Funeral services are often held at night. Wakes are an old custom. Why not—though he had never heard of one—a night burial?

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