Respect for the Dead

This weird story (??) was found in the Paisley Herald and Renfrewshire Advertiser, January 13 1872.

“It is a painful thing to see a corpse carried to the grave in an ugly black box under a mourning coach. It shows a want of respect for the dead person, for the relatives to sit comfortably cushioned in a snug carriage while the poor dead person is shoved into a vulgar box, within a few inches of the surface of the road, and under their feet.

“In dirty weather this horrid box is bespattered with mud. The Dublin Police Commissioners have abolished this disgraceful custom: they have issued regulations that no coffin or corpse shall be conveyed in any carriage or hearse constructed also for the conveyance of passengers.”

Well, that’s you told, grieving families.

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