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Never too late…

…to do the right thing.

A Connecticut slave, known as “Mr. Fortune,” died in 1798, after a life of known hardship. His owner, a physician, had Mr. Fortune’s bones boiled in order to study anatomy. The skeleton was given to a Waterbury museum by one of the physician’s descendants in 1933. They were displayed from the 1940s until 1970.

Finally, Mr. Fortune will be appropriately memorialized and buried. His remains will lie in state in Hartford; police will escort the remains to Waterbury where Rev Amy D. Welin of St. John’s Episcopal Church will preside over the funeral.

“Fortune will be buried near contemporaries who never would have spoken to him or viewed him as human,” said Mullins, president of the southern Connecticut chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians. He noted the use and display of his bones was done without his consent.

May Mr. Fortune finally rest in peace.

(S-R archive photo)

At long last…

It is never too late to honor a fallen soldier or for a family’s angst to finally be relieved. For families of servicemen and servicewomen, a burial of remains is the final and often necessary ritual to honor their loved one. 

Today, after 37 years, Pfc. James Jacques will be buried with full military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver on what would have been his 56th birthday.

May he rest in peace and may his family’s grief be healed; may they also feel a nation’s gratitude for a young man’s commitment to his country.

(S-R archives photo)

Really? Only in the USA

We all have vague plans for our after-life: cremation, burial, don't care - let others figure it out. But when I read this story, I had to wonder about misplaced affection.

My grandmother said she had never seen a hearse driving to the cemetery with a U-Haul behind it, meaning you can't take it with you.

However, you can make a final statement about your values. Bacon, really?

(Photo: J&D's Foods, of Seattle, has introduced the Bacon Coffin. )

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