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Page A22 JULY 2019 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS S ec t i on A Phone: 877-770-TIES (8437) Fax: 276-466-3474 E-mail: customerservice@tiesforyou.com www.tiesforyou.com STYLISH MATCHING TIES FOR PROFESSIONALS Any Size Group or Organization Experienced in helping funeral professionals with all their shipping needs since 1978. » Domestic Shipping » International Shipping » Removal » Embalming Exceptional Service » No Exceptions (800) 321-0566 www.shipinman.com Todd W. Van Beck is associated with John A. Gupton College in Nashville, and has been an author, teacher, practitioner, and speak- er for over 40 years. On May 30, 2018 Van Beck celebrated 50 years in funeral service. You can reach Todd at 615-327-3927. www.nomispublications.com Funeral Home & Cemetery News Contributors share insights and exchange ideas. Blogs The journey from Columbus, Ohio to Indianapolis, In- diana took the Lincoln Funeral Train almost eleven hours to complete. As Abraham Lincoln’s remains drew closer to home, the train slowed to just 5 miles per hour as it passed stations, giving mourners the opportunity get more than just a glimpse of the train. It had been raining all night. In- deed, it was raining so heavily as the train arrived in Indianapolis that the majestic funeral proces- sion which had been planned by the city had to be canceled. The coffin was instead placed upon a magnificent funeral hearse from Weaver & Wil- liams Undertakers. Covered in black velvet, the hearse was 14 feet long, 6 feet wide and 23 feet high. The roof bore 12 white plumes trimmed with black and on the loops was a beautiful eagle of silver gilt. The panels were studded with large silver stars. Indianapolis was no different concerning the massive crowds wanting to view the deceased President. The first group of mourners to file past Lincoln that day were 5,000 children, all members of various Sunday schools. By the time the final mourners had paid their respects, an esti- mated 100,000 people had visited Lincoln’s repose in the state capitol. As in Columbus, Ohio, most of the mourn- ing displays were left inside for an additional few days or weeks so people who had missed the laying-in-state could still view the general appearance of what it had been like. Now close to midnight on April 30, 1865, the Indiana capital bid former Hoosier Abraham Lincoln a final fare- well, as the Funeral Train sounded its whistle, slowly pull- ing away from the station. Its next scheduled destination was Chicago, as Illinois prepared to welcome its most fa- mous citizen back home. The schedule for the Funeral Train called for a non-stop run from Indianapolis to Chicago, with a planned ar- By Todd Van Beck President Lincoln had died. The country was stunned and the funeral profession would be forever changed over the next 20 days. There’s been nothing compara- ble to Lincoln’s final odyssey. It made the unreal real for millions, some 90 years before the advent of television. This is part 13 of our 18 month series as we delve into the 1,654-mile journey with highlights of funerals held in 12 cities. We will conclude with some insight into John Wilkes Booth as well as having some fun with Lincoln trivia and answers to some of the questions I am asked during my presentations. When I present my Lincoln assassination program I always have a packed house. I have found that even those that dislike histo- ry have a great interest in the Lincoln funeral. Anyway that is one old undertaker’s opinion. –TVB The Lincoln Funeral Diary Route of Lincoln’s Funeral Train rival of 11:00 am on May 1, 1865. The Lincoln Fu- neral Train had pulled in for a stop at the station in the small town of Michigan City, Indiana at 8:00 am while it waited for 100 men from Chicago to board where they would escort it into their city. Like so many of the small towns along the funeral route, Michigan City had constructed a temporary arch at its depot, featuring pictures of the president, mourning displays, and words of grief. Now it became the scene of a brief, but moving funeral as town residents made the most of their unexpected op- portunity. Officials in charge of the Funeral Train decided on the spot to open the coffin to display the remains. Then townspeople were permitted to board the Funeral Car to file past the coffin while the people who had been riding the train were breakfasting inside the depot. Quick prayers were said and hymns were sung as the smallest and shortest funeral for Abraham Lincoln be- gan inside the Funeral Car. The service was over in thirty-five minutes. By 9:00 am the Funeral Train chugged out of Michigan City, heading to Chicago. Next Stop: Chicago, Illinois Indianapolis, Indiana Arrive: Sunday, April 30, 7:00 AM Depart: Sunday, April 30, Midnight He Has Alzheimer’s, But I’m the One Who’s Heartsick Randy Schoedinger commissioned as Kentucky Colonel LOUISVILLE,KY— John Muster (R) of Muster Coaches presents a Commission of Kentucky Colonel to Randy Schoedinger (L). Randy is chief executive officer of Schoedinger & Company which has 14 locations in the Columbus, OH area. Through six generations, the Schoedinger fam- ily has served families of Central Ohio since 1855. The Kentucky Colonel Commission was issued by the gover- nor of Kentucky, the honorable Matt Bevin. This is the highest honor pre- sented by a sitting governor for rec- ognition of high character and good business practices. FORT COLLINS,CO— Companion Press has announced the publication of a new book entitled The Dementia Care-Partner’s Workbook: A Guide for Understanding, Ed- ucation, and Hope by Dr. Edward Shaw. More than sev- en million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Of course, this means that tens of mil- lions of family care partners and friends are now coping with the gradual cognitive, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual repercussions of this devastating disease. If you’re helping care for a family member or friend who has cognitive impairment or dementia, this workbook is for you. Its ten concise lessons not only step the reader through the types, brain biology, and progressive symp- toms of dementia, but also offer practical tips for manag- ing behaviors, coping with emotional issues, processing the grief, prioritizing self-care, and planning ahead. The Dementia Care-Part- ner’s Workbook is authored by Dr. Edward Shaw, a du- ally trained physician and mental health counselor who directs a dementia care- giver support program and is an experienced support group leader. He was also a care-partner to his late wife Rebecca, who lost her nine year battle with Alzheimer’s disease several years ago. Companion Press is dedi- cated to the education and support of both the bereaved and caregivers. It specializes in publishing resources for mourners and grief caregiv- ers, including books, pam- phlets, and coloring books. Companion Press is the pub- lishing imprint of the Center for Loss and LifeTransition. The Dementia Caregiv- er’s Workbook is available in both soft cover and e-book formats. To order and to learn more about Compan- ion Press’s books and other resources, visit www.center- forloss.com or call 970-226- 6050. To request review cop- ies or schedule an interview with Dr. Shaw, call the Cen- ter for Loss at 970-226-6050. PO Box 5159 Youngstown, OH 44514 Fax 1-800-321-9040 press_releases@nomispublications.com www.nomispublications.com Send Us Your News!