June 26, 2004
"Ban on Coverage of War Dead Upheld" (June 22) says, "The Senate refused on Monday to change a Pentagon policy banning media coverage of America's war dead as their remains arrive in flag-draped caskets." How many times have you heard those soldiers in Iraq say they are "fighting for their country"? Isn't that supposedly the reason that encourages them to sacrifice their lives? The last time I looked, they and we are the country. Those who return in coffins are the most important members of our American family.
March 1, 2003
DURING these troubled times when the media are little more than the propaganda arm of the administration, it took courage for Howard Rosenberg to point out how easily those who aren't paying too close attention are being manipulated in the name of entertainment ("World Mayhem as a Hollywood Production," Feb. 24). I imagine he was all but buried under a barrage of callow vituperation from those who equate patriotism with fealty to a leader, however addled. So many forget that those ever-waving flags also drape nicely over coffins, and that following the whims of dictators and megalomaniacs can easily fill those coffins no matter where one happens to do the waving.
August 14, 2005 |
It was a boy, about 13 years old, whose family had some money. That's all scientists at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History know for sure about the body they discovered this month when they opened a cast-iron coffin dating from before the Civil War. But it's a starting point for an exploration that they hope will give them a greater understanding of the customs of mid-19th century America.
August 25, 1991 |
With eyes swollen from crying and voices quaking with grief and gratitude, the Russian people on Saturday buried their three newest heroes in coffins draped with the white, blue and red flag of free Russia. Clutching candles, bouquets of flowers and enormous photos of the dead men, hundreds of thousands of people--many of whom had stood with the victims in a dramatic people's resistance to last week's reactionary junta--moved solemnly through the streets of Moscow.
January 13, 2008 |
After solemnly reading their wills, seven perfectly healthy university students climb into caskets in a dimly lighted hall. "I want to give all of you one more day to live, but it's time to be placed into coffins," a man in a black suit says in a resounding voice. "I hope your tired flesh and bodies will be peacefully put to rest." Workers nail the coffins shut, then sprinkle dirt on top as the lights are switched off and a dirge is played. Muffled sobs can be heard from some of the coffins.
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November 30, 2005 |
Steve Seaver was working the store alone Tuesday noon, and things were quiet. About what you'd expect in a casket and urn shop, even on an otherwise busy mid-day on Beach Boulevard. I'd dropped in to ask Seaver about the prospect of discount giants selling caskets, assuming he wouldn't be overly thrilled. Seaver was even-keeled to the point where I could see how his manner might comfort grieving customers. But sure, he said, he's not happy that discount stores might rise up as competition.
October 17, 1991 |
It's an idea that just won't die. Two years ago, a husband-and-wife team opened a cut-rate casket store in Santa Ana. That endeavor, unable to compete with big-name funeral homes, recently closed its doors. Along came Pete Fuller to fill the void left when Hillmark Casket Gallery went under. Fuller plans to take on the funeral industry with his own discount coffin store, Caskets Retail, which he defiantly positioned right across the street from Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress.
August 16, 1989 |
It is the sort of window display that stops you dead in your tracks: Soft back lighting, discreet potted plants--and shiny, open coffins with names such as "Emerald Mist," "Lord's Last Supper" and "Going Home." The windows in question are on Main and 9th streets in downtown Santa Ana, where Hillmark Casket Gallery opened its doors seven weeks ago to a hail of outrage from the funeral industry.
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December 10, 2003 |
When it came time to bury his dad, Billy Campbell wanted a plain pine box -- no frills, no satin lining, no filigree. But the only wood casket at his local mortuary was a varnished beauty of Spanish oak that would have been suitable for the leader of a small republic. The funeral director pointed out it was the same model used by Dan Blocker -- Hoss, of the old "Bonanza" television series -- but to Campbell that was cold comfort.
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November 21, 2004 |
The coffins arrived on the same commercial airplane, US Airways Flight 29 from Philadelphia. Two grieving families, representing different generations of loss in the Iraq conflict, huddled in the fog-shrouded cargo bay outside San Francisco International Airport. On one side of a cargo zone parking lot, standing in the eerie green glow of airport halite lights, the mother of 21-year-old Marine Lance Cpl.