From: VENETIAN LIFE By William Dean Howells.
1st January 1867Project Gutenburg
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
"For many centuries funeral services in
have been conducted by the Scuole del Sacramento, instituted for that purpose. To one of
these societies the friends of the defunct pay a certain sum, and the
association engages to inter the dead, and bear all the expenses of the
ceremony, the dignity of which is regulated by the priest of the parish in which
the deceased lived. The rite is now most generally undertaken by the Scuola di
San Rocco. The funeral train is of ten or twenty facchini, wearing tunics of
white, with caps and capes of red, and bearing the society's long, gilded
candlesticks of wood with lighted tapers. Priests follow them chanting prayers,
and then comes the bier,—with a gilt crown lying on the coffin, if the dead be
a babe, to indicate the triumph of innocence. Formerly, hired mourners
attended, and a candle, weighing a pound, was given to any one who chose to
carry it in the procession." Venice
"RESIDENTS in Market Weighton, which is fast running out of burial plots, will face the choice of being cremated to stay local – or buried miles away from the town when they die.
The town’s cemetery, on
has less than 10 plots left in addition to the spaces that have already been
bought by residents who are still alive."