THE SIMPLEST CASKET IS MADE SUBSTANTIAL AND SACRED
While still saddened that a death has occurred, families are uplifted by Green-Wood Cemetery’s crematory chapels. It’s in these lovely spaces that they can place their hands on the closed casket and say their last goodbyes before the cremation takes place. Kan-Chee Sang’s loving family made color copies and enlargements of family photos, then taped them to her casket as they listened to soft, comforting music. They took their time, cried, shared stories and parted in a way that wasn’t quite possible at the apartment where she’d died in the care of hospice. Any creative action is helpful in the effort to redistribute the massive weight of a major loss. Kan-Chee’s memory was honored and everyone present admitted that, sad as they were, this was a meaningful way to part.