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From: "Vera Beljakova" <>
Subject: [GV] Death: Displaying corpse in open coffin
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2009 23:11:58 +0200

Funeral photo of family Specht from Seelman/Rovnoe in 1932/33.
 among Russian Orthodox it is common to display the corpse in an open coffin
so that one an say farewell and is customary to give a kiss, or a gesture of a kiss,
and even on the hands...this corpse (Granny) holds a rosary.

Is this normal also among Lutheran dead ?


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