For the family who has suffered a loss, a funeral is a tragic and painful event. However, for those who deal with funerals on a day to day basis, like any profession, there is humor in many of the events that transpire. I was recently introduced to a book entitled, “Tales from Kentucky Funeral Homes” by Willian Lynwood Montell. In this book, Montell collected and shared stories from funeral directors all over Kentucky. Some of the stories are informative, relating how the practices of funerals have changed over the years, and some of the stories are humorous. To my surprise, an incident involving one of the funerals I preached made the book.
Here’s an excerpt from the book as told by Follis Crow, the funeral director of Crow Funeral Home in Glasgow, KY:
“This is a funny story that happened to the minster not too long ago. Sometimes ministers will ride in the hearse with me to the cemetery, but most times they’ll drive their own car.
This minister here in Glasgow, Steve Higginbotham, is a big tall fellow and a nice guy. He got into the hearse with us, was sitting down, and as we pulled out he reached over his shoulder to grab the seat belt to put it on. Well, in the funeral hearse there is a glass partition between the front part where the passengers ride and the back were the casket is.
When he reached over his shoulder to get the seat belt, he saw the reflection of his hand in the glass partition behind him. He yelled and jerked back and jerked down like somebody was grabbing him.
That was one of the funniest things that ever happened, and he and I still get a kick out of what happened. he thought somebody was back there getting ready to get him.”
What can I say? I watched too many Boris Karloff and Vincent Price movies as a child.
Do you have any funny “Funeral Stories” to share? If so, why don’t you share them in the comments section?