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Marc Chevalier
03-05-2010, 10:16 AM
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If you intend to be buried rather than cremated, will you be wearing your hat?



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Lokar
03-05-2010, 10:22 AM
I've thought about being buried with my favourite things (which would mean double breasted frock coat & topper). Not sure how I'd handle things eventually, though. Depends if children would be interested in my hats - if I had a child or grandchild who wanted my hats and was my size, I'd handle it differently to if I die alone and unloved.

R.A. Stewart
03-05-2010, 10:27 AM
I haven't decided on the first question yet. But if it's burial, then no, let whatever nice things I might have go to my children (I hope I won't die completely alone and unloved) or to someone else who might like to have them.

~Rich

Marc Chevalier
03-05-2010, 10:29 AM
I've thought about being buried with my ... topper.



You'll need an extra-long casket, then.


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Brad Bowers
03-05-2010, 10:34 AM
Why waste a perfectly good hat?

Brad

Marc Chevalier
03-05-2010, 10:49 AM
Why waste a perfectly good hat?



You have a point. I'd say the same for a perfectly good suit, shirt and tie.


Shucks ... they'll have to bury me in a double-knit polyester leisure suit. ;)


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johnnycanuck
03-05-2010, 10:51 AM
Buried with your hat on?..... Hell yes. If not on, then in the box with me. Maybe bronzed on the gravestone. But letting someone else wear your hat? My goodness. What has this world come to.[huh]

Johnny

Ugarte
03-05-2010, 10:55 AM
If I'm not mistaken, etiquette dictates that the hat is set to rest on the decedent's chest above his/her folded hands. Of course, not being an authority on any funerary customs, I could be wrong.

Mark
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ScottF
03-05-2010, 10:55 AM
I've thought about being buried with my favourite things (which would mean double breasted frock coat & topper). Not sure how I'd handle things eventually, though. Depends if children would be interested in my hats - if I had a child or grandchild who wanted my hats and was my size, I'd handle it differently to if I die alone and unloved.

If you die alone and unloved, someone will likely take your hat.

This thread is kind of creepy - hopefully it won't inspire any grave-robbing of old cemeteries.

Marc Chevalier
03-05-2010, 11:00 AM
I've thought about being buried with my ... topper.





If I'm not mistaken, etiquette dictates that the hat is set to rest on the decedent's chest above his/her folded hands.



Then the casket will have to be extra deep.


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gtdean48
03-05-2010, 11:01 AM
My son wears the same size hat as I. So, I'm leaving them all to him to wear or sell which I'm betting he'll sell. Hopefully, this is years & years from now & he has grown to appreciate the finer things like a nice snap brim in addition to it's sun blocking attributes. I'm going to let them take any working parts to help others & cremate the rest. Spread my ashes in some favorite places & bury the can in the family plot. If they lay me out in a coat & tie, I'll haunt them for eternity! :eek:

Marc Chevalier
03-05-2010, 11:03 AM
... hopefully it won't inspire any grave-robbing of old cemeteries.



Not likely. After all, decomposition is hell on felt and fabrics. (See the "Thriller" video.) Exception: the mummies of Guanajuato. (Google them if necessary.)


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Marc Chevalier
03-05-2010, 11:15 AM
I'm going to let them take any working parts to help others & cremate the rest. Spread my ashes in some favorite places & bury the can in the family plot.



:arated:


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anon`
03-05-2010, 11:18 AM
Not likely. After all, decomposition is hell on felt and fabrics. (See the "Thriller" video.) Exception: the mummies of Guanajuato. (Google them if necessary.)[/COLOR]
Or Tollund Man? Though strictly speaking, mummies are more dessicated than decomposed.

As an aside, I suppose I could go for a ship burial with a hat, amongst other goods. Perhaps a ritually killed one (with the crown punched out?) to discourage pilfering. Or maybe not.

Marc Chevalier
03-05-2010, 11:20 AM
Perhaps a ritually killed one (with the crown punched out?) to discourage pilfering.



And to help it sink!

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Kid Mac
03-05-2010, 11:26 AM
Only in the event of premature burial. :eek:

Mac

rumblefish
03-05-2010, 11:39 AM
I think since hats may appeal to a lot fewer people than suits do, passing along a hat (especially a rare, old hat) would mean more to me and, I hope, the recipient than clothing. Or they may just sell them all on the bay as "Gangsta, Indy, Godfather, for costume, with a feather"...:p
I'm more likely to hand them all down than wear one to the hereafter. I hope it won't be too sunny.

... Just wanna die with my boots on, and not someone else's

R.A. Stewart
03-05-2010, 11:44 AM
... I'm more likely to hand them all down than wear one to the hereafter. I hope it won't be too sunny.

Or too hot. :eek:

rumblefish
03-05-2010, 11:52 AM
Or too hot. :eek:

:eek: :eek: :eek:

Not where I'm going... [angel]

Ugarte
03-05-2010, 11:53 AM
Then the casket will have to be extra deep.

Depends on the hat.



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I see what you did there. Cunning. :)

Mark
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avedwards
03-05-2010, 11:59 AM
"What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that." Philip Marlowe, The Big Sleep

Marlowe nicely sums up my view on the matter. Once I'm dead I don't care what happens to me, so I'd be quite happy to be cremated as I am and my possessions to be passed on.

I already know that my Stetson Chatham would go to my mol since it suits her very well and I was wearing it when we met. Perhaps I'll put a note in my will for my two vintage suits and my few vintage pieces to be sold on the classifieds here as I don't know anyone who'd want them and I know that way they'd fall into good hands.

Matt Deckard
03-05-2010, 12:02 PM
I try not to wear my hat indoors.

Marc Chevalier
03-05-2010, 12:05 PM
Depends on the hat.



I was referring to the topper (or "top hat") that Lokar might be buried with.


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Marc Chevalier
03-05-2010, 12:07 PM
I try not to wear my hat indoors.



Burial at sea, then.



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ScottF
03-05-2010, 12:11 PM
I already know that my Stetson Chatham would go to my mol since it suits her very well and I was wearing it when we met.

That isn't the Chatham you were trying to sell in the classifieds? Did you two have a spat and then make up?

(Since we're talking about death, figured I could get personal :))

anon`
03-05-2010, 12:28 PM
I try not to wear my hat indoors.
Does underground really qualify as indoors? I mean, I can understand this with respect to a tumulus or tomb... but a plain old hole-in-the-ground grave?

Marc Chevalier
03-05-2010, 12:37 PM
Does underground really qualify as indoors? I mean, I can understand this with respect to a tumulus or tomb... but a plain old hole-in-the-ground grave?



No, no -- Matt's family mausoleum!

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Matt Deckard
03-05-2010, 12:45 PM
I do expect the casket to be closed at some point as well. Or the urn.

Rick Blaine
03-05-2010, 12:45 PM
"Now, when I die, bury me in straight-leg britches,
Put on a box-back coat and my John B. Stetson hat,
Put a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain,
So all the boys will know that I died standing pat."

~Anon

avedwards
03-05-2010, 01:36 PM
That isn't the Chatham you were trying to sell in the classifieds? Did you two have a spat and then make up?

(Since we're talking about death, figured I could get personal :))
I don't recall ever having tried to sell my Chatham and I only have the one in carribou. I've unsuccessfully tried to sell another of my hats a year ago, but never the Chatham. It doesn't have a massive amount of sentimental value to me as it's just a hat which has been replaced by others, I just imagine it would be special to her should I prematurely die and be cremated.

And no, things have been doing nicely since I met her in May. :) You may go as personal as you like as I have no qualms in telling the truth.

Bruce Wayne
03-05-2010, 01:43 PM
I am donating my brain & stem to science to help find a cure for some issues that I have. I don't think that I will have much of a noggin for a hat after that.

frussell
03-05-2010, 01:46 PM
Last March when my grandfather passed away, he was to be cremated. I tried to get his wife to send him off in his boots and his favorite hat, but she couldn't bear to part with them. His pure beaver Stetson hat still hangs on the back of his favorite chair, and she gave all his boots to me. I was content to put a pinch of his favorite tobacco in his pocket for the journey. I told my wife right afterward that I wanted my best boots ON, and my favorite hat on my chest, as is customary as far as I know, at least in a coffin. After all, if you're lying down, you'll be smashing the back of the brim. She has agreed, since nobody else I know wears a hat or boots as big as mine. I hope she keeps her word, I don't want to wander bareheaded in the afterlife. Frank

Tango Yankee
03-05-2010, 02:50 PM
I think that if I've managed to lose enough weight and kept it off to do so I may stipulate that I be buried in my service dress uniform. If that is the case then a flight cap will be in the coffin with me, not a hat.

Regards,
Tom

MisterGrey
03-05-2010, 02:55 PM
If I'm not mistaken, etiquette dictates that the hat is set to rest on the decedent's chest above his/her folded hands. Of course, not being an authority on any funerary customs, I could be wrong.

Mark
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That may be the case for the ceremony, but I believe come burial time, the hat is placed in between the feet. Don't ask me why; this is what I've read was tradition in the Victorian age. I've further read that this is where the superstition regarding hats on beds came from: The only time one would see a hat placed where someone would be lying down was inside of a casket.

Matt Deckard
03-05-2010, 02:57 PM
You can burry me holding a hat. Just make sure I'm in a cedar box.

Lefty
03-05-2010, 02:57 PM
Go big or go home. (http://www.talkleft.com/story/2005/08/22/076/47806) If I'm wearin' my hat, my hat's gettin' blowed up.
:D
http://talkleft.com/hunterblastbig.jpg

Marc Chevalier
03-05-2010, 02:58 PM
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Maybe we should just bury Matt's hat and toss out the owner. ;)



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R.A. Stewart
03-05-2010, 03:14 PM
I was content to put a pinch of his favorite tobacco in his pocket for the journey.

I like that idea. I might mention it to the family. :) A pinch of Scottish Blend should waft me nicely to my long home.

~Rich

Marc Chevalier
03-05-2010, 03:44 PM
I like that idea. I might mention it to the family. :) A pinch of Scottish Blend should waft me nicely to my long home.

~Rich



:arated: Oscar Wilde's tomb in Paris has a metal door with one small airhole. I poured a flaskful of absinthe through the hole. Didn't want ol' Oscar to be thirsty.


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Sam Craig
03-05-2010, 05:26 PM
"... while hidden weights and spring tip my hat to the mourners filing past," ...

"I am more concerned with the Rock of Ages than the age of rocks."

Personally, I'm planning to pass on my collection ... hopefully to some appropriately appreciative hat hog who will love them and pet them and pass them on again in another generation

What they do with the rest of me is of absolutely no consequence

I'll be on to bigger and better things by then PTL!

Sam

chum
03-05-2010, 06:23 PM
I will let my loved ones keep my hats. My Wife feels the same way...she told me "Don't waste money on my dead body! Just toss me in the Mississippi and let me feed the starving fish!"...hope the Authorities let me get away with it!:D

HungaryTom
03-05-2010, 06:25 PM
worthlesswithoutpics
We should start the show us your burial in yer hat thread.
Alternative: What are you cremated in today?
Marc from now on you are the Lounge's Tim Burton in my eyes :eusa_clap
Our fav. lurker has got his match.

Edward
03-06-2010, 09:08 AM
For all pratical reasons, I don't expect to be wearing a hat in my coffin when I go to the Matchbox in the Sky. I hope to goodness that whoever ends up left behind to sort things out in the end doesn't have any sentimentality to it - just sell what might be worth anything to cover the funeral expenses (if they even want one of those.... tbh, I'd be happy enough to be dumped in a skip somewhere with no further ceremony) and the rest can go to a local homeless charity. As long as my cats are cared for, that's all that really matters to me. Following removal of any organs that are of any use to someone else (asuming, that is, I go in hospital and not at home - living alone I should imagine were I to die at home I'll be gone too long for that before I'm found), I am to be cremated, and something done with the ashes that avoids a situation where anyone might feel obligated to look after a grave / garden/ rosebush/ whatever. Ideally, I'd like my ashes flushed down the nearest toilet to the crematorium, but hey. Ultimately, none of it matters a jot to me, just whoever I leave behind. I don't want kids so there'll be none of those, a partner doesn't seem something on the horizon at present, so most likely it'll be little brother. Maybe my nephew, currently only three, might take to vintage later on (our mother swears he's taken after me in character and temperament), so he can raid my wardrobe for whatever he wants.

Rick Blaine
03-06-2010, 09:51 AM
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carouselvic
03-06-2010, 09:54 AM
"Stetson Hats, Buried For Forty Two Years, Unearthed. Skeletons of Two Montana Bandits Dug Up. Stetsons Still In Good Condition." The Hat Box. Employes Magazine of the John B. Stetson Company. vol V, no. VIII, (May 1924), 11.
On February 28, 1924 a road crew in Weeksville, Montana, uncovered the grave of two bandits dating from 1882. Vigilantes working with the Northern Pacific Railroad had caught them, strung them up, and buried them with their boots on...and their Stetsons. While "Ohio Jim" and his luckless partner were in pretty bad shape, their Stetsons "were still in good condition. The felt showed little signs of corrosion and the Stetson imprint was easily read."

rlk
03-06-2010, 10:25 AM
"Stetson Hats, Buried For Forty Two Years, Unearthed. Skeletons of Two Montana Bandits Dug Up. Stetsons Still In Good Condition." The Hat Box. Employes Magazine of the John B. Stetson Company. vol V, no. VIII, (May 1924), 11.
On February 28, 1924 a road crew in Weeksville, Montana, uncovered the grave of two bandits dating from 1882. Vigilantes working with the Northern Pacific Railroad had caught them, strung them up, and buried them with their boots on...and their Stetsons. While "Ohio Jim" and his luckless partner were in pretty bad shape, their Stetsons "were still in good condition. The felt showed little signs of corrosion and the Stetson imprint was easily read."

NO PICTURES?[huh] :(

carouselvic
03-06-2010, 10:44 AM
Where is a large format photographer when you really need one?;)

The Good
03-06-2010, 02:26 PM
I find the idea of being buried with a favorite hat and suit interesting, but personally, I'd rather leave my belongings for my family to remember me by (Well, with a suit on of course), than for them to be buried in my casket. Of course, where I believe I'm going, I'll have plenty of nice hats.


"Stetson Hats, Buried For Forty Two Years, Unearthed. Skeletons of Two Montana Bandits Dug Up. Stetsons Still In Good Condition." The Hat Box. Employes Magazine of the John B. Stetson Company. vol V, no. VIII, (May 1924), 11.
On February 28, 1924 a road crew in Weeksville, Montana, uncovered the grave of two bandits dating from 1882. Vigilantes working with the Northern Pacific Railroad had caught them, strung them up, and buried them with their boots on...and their Stetsons. While "Ohio Jim" and his luckless partner were in pretty bad shape, their Stetsons "were still in good condition. The felt showed little signs of corrosion and the Stetson imprint was easily read."

Interesting find, but I don't think I'd personally wear any of those even if in my size, as they had been in a grave among the dead bodies for decades. Surely they must have a smell, and bacteria on them after all that time...

Corky
03-06-2010, 11:25 PM
Tommy J. was a Country-Western Guitar player from Kentucky and he devoted his life to the philosophy of "Live Fast, Die young, And Leave Behind A Good-Looking Corpse".

He was laid out in his favorite rhinestone cowboy outfit, with a ten-gallon hat on his head and his trusty Gibson Les Paul in his hand.

I was out of the country at the time, but my Mother went to the funeral. She said that all anyone talked about was wondering how in the hell they got his hat to sit properly on his head with the back of his his head resting on that satin pillow.

What they figured was that to create the desired effect HIS COWBOY HAT BRIM MUST HAVE BEEN SLICED IN TWO (PROBABLY JUST BEHIND THE CROWN AND THE REAR PART DISCARDED), SO THAT THE HAT COULD APPEAR TO BE PROPERLY POSITIONED ON THE HEAD AND LOOK LIKE IT WAS DISAPPEARING INTO THE SATIN PILLOW BEHIND HIS HEAD.


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http://ui.thoughtbot.com/assets/2009-4-22-viking_funeral.jpg

My kids know I have requested they arrange a full Viking Funeral: to have my cadaver stuffed into an old VW beetle and doused with gasoline, then towed a few miles out to sea, then the tow line is cut loose and the VW beetle is ignited with flaming arrows.



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I mentioned this Burial Thread to my wife and said "You know, after I'm gone...I'd just as soon get buried right out in the backyard with my dogs."

To which my spouse replied,"If that's what you want, that's OK with me ... But there's really no reason to wait until you're dead."

Chinaski
03-07-2010, 12:38 AM
If you die alone and unloved, someone will likely take your hat.

This thread is kind of creepy - hopefully it won't inspire any grave-robbing of old cemeteries.

Okay, digging this one out from the beginning of the post, but I just read this thread. Please note this is said with smileys, but I think you may be projecting a bit here, Scott!:)

Maj.Nick Danger
03-07-2010, 12:51 AM
"Stetson Hats, Buried For Forty Two Years, Unearthed. Skeletons of Two Montana Bandits Dug Up. Stetsons Still In Good Condition." The Hat Box. Employes Magazine of the John B. Stetson Company. vol V, no. VIII, (May 1924), 11.
On February 28, 1924 a road crew in Weeksville, Montana, uncovered the grave of two bandits dating from 1882. Vigilantes working with the Northern Pacific Railroad had caught them, strung them up, and buried them with their boots on...and their Stetsons. While "Ohio Jim" and his luckless partner were in pretty bad shape, their Stetsons "were still in good condition. The felt showed little signs of corrosion and the Stetson imprint was easily read."

It's fairly arid here in Montana, especially on the eastern faces of mountains. Maybe those hats were mummified? :)

bolthead
03-07-2010, 01:36 PM
I haven't decided on the first question yet. But if it's burial, then no, let whatever nice things I might have go to my children (I hope I won't die completely alone and unloved) or to someone else who might like to have them.

~Rich
I have decided to be cremated. I dont have children. I have plenty of nephews and great nephews, but I seriously doubt any of them would want or wear my hats.

I know I have a few friends that would want them, but they aren't even close to my size.

Even though I'm an organ donor, they can take whatever they want or need from me, except my lids, then cremate me and I'll have one lid, one of my favorites buried with my ashes, I suppose. Unless my better 1/2 intends on keeping my ashes around, she can then put the lid in question on top of my urn. Then my wife can do whatever she pleases with the rest of my collection.

Knowing her, she'd probably figure out a way to get on here and give them all away to my other family. :D

I also think this Thread (http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?t=31815) would tie in nicely with Marc's thread. [huh]

Zombie_61
03-07-2010, 11:09 PM
If I'm not mistaken, etiquette dictates that the hat is set to rest on the decedent's chest above his/her folded hands. Of course, not being an authority on any funerary customs, I could be wrong.

Mark
.My father-in-law, who was born in 1913, wore hats most of his life; in his later years it was mostly baseball caps. When he passed away in 2003, my wife and her siblings decided he would have liked the idea of having his last and beloved baseball cap buried with him. When we asked about this at the funeral parlor, they informed us they could not place the hat on his head for various reasons (none of which I can recall at the moment), but that they would place the cap in the casket in an appropriate manner. We arrived for the wake to find he was holding the brim of the cap in one hand in a manner that was not only appropriate and very natural-looking, but very much in keeping with his personality and character. He was a rather happy person and, amazingly, they was a hint of a smile on his face as well. Oddly, we found this comforting and also in keeping with his personality and character, and it somehow made a rather difficult day not only more bearable, but actually rather pleasant considering the circumstances.

I suppose this is the long way of saying I believe it's up to the funeral home and whatever local regulations are in effect at the time with regards to whether or not a person can be wearing a hat when they're buried; almost any item can be placed in the casket with them (within reason).

As for myself, I've only been wearing hats on a regular basis for the last couple of years, so I haven't really formed an opinion one way or the other on the matter; perhaps I'll have a more definite answer when the time comes. However, I plan to inform whoever will be responsible for the disposal of my dead carcass to simply do so in the least expensive manner possible, so a hat/no hat decision may not be necessary. Besides, I'm an organ donor as well, so there might not be enough left to be concerned about...assuming I leave any of it in a condition suitable for re-use, of course. :D

Pompidou
03-07-2010, 11:24 PM
I'm hoping by the time my end is near, cryogenics is a reasonable option. You see, death just isn't my thing. There's absolutely nothing I want to do in hell. If I can be frozen until humans achieve immortality, that'll be just about right. My hats will be vintage when I thaw out. I might even invest in a savings bond or two first, to come out rich - the only surefire get rich quick scheme I can think of. Needless to say, I neither plan on dying or giving away my stuff, hats included.

Sam Craig
03-08-2010, 09:07 AM
I will let my loved ones keep my hats. My Wife feels the same way...she told me "Don't waste money on my dead body! Just toss me in the Mississippi and let me feed the starving fish!"...hope the Authorities let me get away with it!:D

That gives a new definition to your "nom de chapeau" does it not?

Chum?

lol lol lol lol lol

Geronimo
03-09-2010, 10:50 PM
This thread is kind of creepy - hopefully it won't inspire any grave-robbing of old cemeteries.
"Hey guys, how do I get the smell of dead people out of my hat?" :p

MikeBravo
04-13-2010, 05:40 AM
I too plan to donate my organs, so am not too fussed about what I am buried with, clothing wise

My daughter will decide what happens to any vintage stuff I have, she can sell or donate it if she wants or give it away.

As for a hats at burial, I will ask her to lay my everyday fedora on top of the casket just before they lower it down into the ground. No sense in sending a real vintage item to the darkness.

Slim Portly
04-13-2010, 10:16 AM
I own and wear items that date back to the early 1800's, and I feel it would be the height of hypocrisy to take anything with me. Every single item that I own will be up for grabs. If I am able and have enough notice, I'll try to get everything into the hands of folks who will appreciate and wear them, preferably youngsters.

I am among the ranks of you donating every usable piece of tissue left hanging from my remains to medical science, and for all I care they can toss what's left in the dumpster out back. I'm going to my eternal punishment unadorned except for my smile and my bad attitude.

Michaelshane
04-13-2010, 10:21 AM
I'm glad the previous owners of my hats were not buried in them.:)

The Good
04-16-2010, 12:04 AM
You know, this is a very morbid topic, and it's been making me think what might happen to all of my personal belongings after I have passed on. Well, if I have any guess about my fedoras, I don't think my family would be all that interested in wearing them (judging from their current state of mind, especially not my siblings, although the most likely to want to wear one of my hats from time to time might be my dad, perhaps while out hunting or fishing, or another rugged outdoor sport, as he thought that my Federation has a nice safari flair to it), and they'd probably either put them away to remember me by, or eventually, throw them away or put them up for sale in a garage sale. I just can't help but have the mental image of my Akubra Federation IV decaying (well, moth bites anyway) in a closet somewhere for years, never actually being worn. It makes me think... will they keep these things in memory, or will they disregard them as meaningless objects, not seeing any use? It's very humbling to think about, isn't it? We don't own our possessions forever by any means. You might have had it good while alive, but after death, it's all gone, not yours anymore. Personally speaking, I'm a religious Christian, but for the sake of the forum rules, I'll leave that at a minimum. All I'm going to say, is that I'm secure with death, whenever that may occur in my life.

I've never been one to want to force my stylistic preferences on others, particularly my family members, but if one of them wanted to pick up on my old hat hobby, that would be great, and I actually do think it would be a good way to remember me by, as that seems to be the signature thing I've got going on in my lifestyle these days, since last September.


So, assuming you come from a background of family members not all that interested in your fedoras, what do you think will happen to them?

daizawaguy
04-16-2010, 05:05 AM
I'm glad the previous owners of my hats were not buried in them.:)
:eusa_clap :eusa_clap

daizawaguy
04-16-2010, 05:07 AM
So, assuming you come from a background of family members not all that interested in your fedoras, what do you think will happen to them?

HAte to think about this, but the FL classified would be better than a flea market...:mad: :rage: :eek:

MikeBravo
04-16-2010, 07:12 PM
J B There is a simple solution for the family situation

Ask them ;) Then put it in your will

There might be charity shops, even museums that may be interested in some items left

You might be surprised that any nephews or nieces might be interested too


PS Judging by your profile pic, you're not close to dropping off the twig just yet :)

Bingles
04-17-2010, 01:23 PM
I think I would want one of my favorite hats resting on my chest for the viewing.. but taken out of the casket when it was closed (unless I had an old everyday hat that I might want with me just for posterity).

When priests die and have their funerals (in the older form of the Catholic Requiem), their biretta (hat) is placed on top of the coffin during the funeral... which I always thought was cool.

avedwards
04-18-2010, 12:28 PM
So, assuming you come from a background of family members not all that interested in your fedoras, what do you think will happen to them?
Friends who may appreciate your style more than your family do? That failing, the FL classifieds as the people here will at least appreciate your items and look after them.