As funerals go, it couldn’t have been more simple — nor more simply beautiful.
In October 2009, Bereth Phoebe Ingram’s small body, unembalmed and wrapped in a muslin shroud, was lowered into the ground at Wyandotte’s Mount Carmel Cemetery. There was no casket, no vault. Father Charles Morris blessed her remains and the surrounding ground with holy water from the River Jordan and recited prayers. A small gathering of family members spread shovelsful of dirt over the body while tossing flowers over the corpse. The woman’s final wishes — “I want to be buried like Jesus, in a shroud,” she had told her daughter Jeanne — were fulfilled. But the mourners were pleasantly astonished by what would be the crowning glory to a poignant memorial for the 84-year-old.
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Thanks to the Funeral Consumers Information Society (Detroit MI) for alerting us to this article.