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Sunday, September 03, 2006

'The Way You Drop Is the Way You Flop'

In a small parish cemetery in St. Rose, Illinois, people are buried chronologically.

In St. Rose Cemetery, tradition spanning several generations holds that the dead are buried in the order that they die.

“The way you drop is the way you flop,” says Tim Rehkemper, a 45-year-old member of the church committee that helps tend to the graveyard. “If something happened to me tomorrow and my wife would die three weeks later, there’d be somebody between us. That’s just the way it is, and I don’t see that changing in the foreseeable future.” [Link]
I think it would be far better to bury people alphabetically by surname, to make them easier to find.


I used to think that, too, until I realized that as an Adams, I'd have to be one of the first ones buried.


That's really a small price to pay for a tidy, well-organized graveyard. If you're unwilling to make the sacrifice, consider changing your last name to Zzzzzzzzzra.


I lead annual cemetery tours for the third graders in my town. Every year, the cemetery maintenance guy greets me with a variation of the same joke: "I moved them and put them in alphabetical order...."

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