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pallbearer

The sad job of a pallbearer is to help carry the casket at a funeral service or burial. In Western cultures, pallbearers are usually family members or close friends of the person who has died.

Traditionally, pallbearers were men, all of whom wore white gloves as a sign of respect for the deceased person. These days, anyone can be a pallbearer. In some Eastern traditions, pallbearers are never members of the family, but instead are paid helpers. The word pallbearer comes from pall, "cloth spread over a coffin," and bearer, or "carrier."

Definitions of pallbearer
  1. noun
    one of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral
    synonyms: bearer
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    type of:
    griever, lamenter, mourner, sorrower
    a person who is feeling grief (as grieving over someone who has died)
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