Update on Bad News

@winterose (39897)
Canada
May 19, 2008 7:58pm CST
As you read from my previous discussion that Matt my boyfriend will be leaving for Baltimore since his brother's father in law just passed away yesterday. It looks like Matt will not be going before June because the father in law was an admiral in the navy and he will be getting a big military funeral service and his ashes will be buried in Arlington Cememtary. The body will be frozen until that time and then cremated. Is anyone familiar with this military procedure, is it normal to freeze the body then only cremated when the ashes will be put in the cementary?
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
20 May 08
not sure but June isnt that far away and they have to get every thing planned also it takes about 5 days for the cremation process if I rmember right when I had my hubby cremated.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
25 May 08
okay thanks hon.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
25 May 08
your welcome
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
20 May 08
Hi Doll They do that because they will have a showing also otherwise the body would be cremated right away. We did this with one of my sisters so that family from far away could get here and all see her one more time. xoxoxoxoxoxo
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
25 May 08
Oh thank you hon, now that makes total sense now. They will be showing the body thanks for clearing that up for me.
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• United States
24 May 08
Please send my condolences to your boyfriend and his family.I have never heard about freezing the body but I guess it is a good way to preserve the body.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
25 May 08
apparently raydene said it will be so that the body can be viewed at the ceremony.
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• United States
25 May 08
Viewing. I forgot about viewing the body.so there will be a wake?
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
28 May 08
I have never heard of this- but then again I don't know anyone who has passed that was that high up in the military. I would think that ALL soldiers could be buried in Arlington- maybe that is only if they die during service? and if they choose to be buried there. It is interesting to know that they cannot due it until June and have to freeze the body? I think that is a little odd--- If they are scattering the ashes- I would think they could do that at any time. I'm sorry to hear that someone you know passed away.