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The Funeral Rule sets the disclosures required in a general price list, covering 16 items such as a basic service, direct cremation, embalming, caskets, hearse and forwarding remains to another funeral home.
The second part of the series did the same with the company's hippie hearse delivery driver in the 1970s.
His fireman uncle, Mike Martin, who had inspired the child’s passion, was one of the four pallbearers who gently escorted him past a police honor guard to a waiting white Cadillac hearse.
Jonghyun’s SHINee bandmates — Onew, Key, Taemin, and Minho — honored the singer by carrying his coffin to an awaiting hearse alongside members of Super Junior, the BBC reported.
Jonghyun’s SHINee bandmates, Onew, Key, Taemin, and Minho, along with members of Super Junior, another K-pop boy band, carried his coffin to a hearse, according to the BBC, where his body was transported to a private funeral.
Upon arrival, her open coffin slid out of the back a hearse.
The hearse crept into the crowd, and was immediately surrounded by mourners.
Rebecca and Judah Johnson rode on a motorcycle behind the hearse after the service on the way to Mount Washington Cemetery.
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The Evolution of hearse
Medieval French used the word herce for a harrow, a farm tool used to break up and smooth the soil. Herce was also applied to a triangular frame that was used for holding candles. Herce was borrowed into Middle English as herse. In those days, a large and decorative framework might be raised over the tomb or coffin of an honored person. Because this framework was often decorated with candles, the word herse was applied to it. A series of slightly changed meanings led to the use of herse (Modern English hearse) for a platform for a corpse or coffin, and from that to a vehicle to carry the dead. The verb hearse emerged late in the 16th century.
Origin and Etymology of hearse
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Examples of hearse in a Sentence
the cemetery hearses an average of eight bodies a week
First Known Use of hearse
Synonymsentomb, bury, inhume, inter, lay, put away, tomb
Antonymsdisinter, exhume, unearth
Related Wordsimmure, inurn; enshrine; conceal, cover, ensconce, hide; obscure, shade, shield; cloak, curtain, enshroud, shroud; rebury, reinter; coffin
Near Antonymsburn, cremate; bare, disclose, discover, display, exhibit, expose, reveal, show; uncoffin
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