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Page A22 JULY 2021 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on A www.ocularmelanoma.org Please Help us Support the Research and Treatment of Ocular Melanoma www.ampli.com 1-800-267-5486 In Memory of Nancy Roth, wife of Don Roth, CEO of AmpliVox. Nancy recently lost her battle with ocular melanoma. Please help fight this disease with a generous contribution to: www.etrf.org Thank You for your support. his mountain retreat in Mt. McGregor, New York. He was there on July 23, 1885 when he died. The family prohibited an autopsy, and at his death, Grant weighed less than 100 pounds. Ebenezer H. Holmes , who was an undertaker in Saratoga, New York, was summoned to Mt. McGregor to prepare Grant’s remains for burial. At the same time, notification was made to the society undertaker in New York City, the Rev. Stephen Merritt , that he was to take charge of Grant’s funeral. Sadly, the result of this competition was lawsuits that lasted for years. The pioneer embalming educator Felix Sullivan was engaged by Merritt to embalm Grant, but in the end, the embalm- ing failed and Grant’s re- mains were in a deplor- able condition during the New York City fu- neral ceremonies. Each of the undertakers blamed the other one for the embalming failure, but the truth was nev- er determined. Unfortunately, the records of the law- suit trial later brought and held in Ballston Spa, New York vanished when the local courthouse burned to the ground. Grant’s casket was made of oak with a copper inte- rior and had impressive silver handles. A gold plaque engraved “U.S. Grant” was attached to the top. It was hermetically sealed with a glass top, and Grant was dressed in a Prince Albert black broadcloth suit with a white collar. The first funeral was held on August 4th at the cottage in Mt. McGregor. His body was then taken to Sarato- ga, where the cortege switched trains to New York City. On August 8, 1885, New Yorkers awoke to the sol- emn sound of tolling bells. Most needed no reminder that this was the day of the funeral of Union gener- al and twice-elected president Ulysses S. Grant. Befit- By Todd Van Beck All Grant did was take a bite of a peach, but the pain in his throat almost made him faint. In just a few weeks, the famous commander during the Great American Civil War would be dead of throat cancer. Grant’s death was ultimately a long, drawn-out process which caused the old General much pain and suffering. Because the medical profession routinely used cocaine as an anesthetic, it is probable that Grant became ad- dicted to the drug during his long illness. President Grant went down in history for accepting the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. He later was elected for two terms as President of the United States. After serv- ing as president, Grant made a world tour and later re- tired, but due to bad investments, he lost everything. At the urging of his friend Mark Twain, he wrote his famous memoirs and finished only days before his death. The income from “Grant’s Memoirs” brought fi- nancial security to his widow and family. As his throat cancer progressed, Grant relocated to U lysses S. G rant the eighteenth President of the United States of America Rest in Peace, Mr. President. That was the hope...that our presidents would rest in peace, but that has not always happened. For example, between 1865 and 1901 Lincoln’s remains were moved 18 times. Funerals are a reflection of how people live their lives, and this remains true for the funerals of our U.S. presi- dents. This series offers a glimpse into the deaths and fu- nerals of our presidents, while offering overdue recogni- tion to the scores of funeral professionals who labored ceaselessly to carry out the wishes of the presidents, their families, and in some cases, the wishes of the United States government. Each account tells an interesting story. —TVB 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. FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS www.nomispublications.com Monthly Columns online at Rest In Peace, Mr. President ting his already larger-than-life legacy, 1.5 million people gath- ered in New York City to view Grant’s funeral procession and the burial ceremonies. The death and funeral of Ulysses S. Grant became a vehi- cle for a religiously tinged, emo- tional and political reconciliation of North and South, and as such, is a critical event in the history of the political culture of the United States. “I am sorry General Grant is dead,” proclaimed ex-Confederate general and pallbearer Simon Bolivar Buckner, “but his death has yet been the greatest blessing the country has ever received, now, and reunion is perfect.” In New York City, the body of Grant lay in state at City Hall. It took 320 policemen to control the crowd of 300,000 people who passed by the open casket. More than a million people attended his New York City funeral, and the procession is said to have stretched 7 miles long. Grant’s temporary entombment took place on Riverside Drive, and in this mau- soleum, Grant would repose until 1897 when the new Grant’s Tomb became ready. Grant’s Tomb was dedicated on April 27, 1897 — 12 years after Grant’s death and the 75th anniversary of his birth. Ulysses S. Grant remains the only president interred in New York City. “Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?” No one. Since the tombs are situated above-ground, there is no body “bur- ied” in Grant’s tomb. Ulysses S. Grant Felix Sullivan Rev. Stephen Merritt Continued on Page A23 CANA announces Pandemic Cremation Data and 2030 Predictions WHEELING,IL— The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) has released its latest An- nual Statistics Report fea- turing final 2019 crema- tion data, newly released 2020 data, and projec- tions to 2025 and 2030. The report contradicts anecdotal predictions that the cremation rate surged during the pan- demic, demonstrating instead that it followed a predictable trend. CANA is committed to gathering accurate and comprehensive crema- tion statistics to serve the needs of the death care industry and consumers. In collecting 2020 data, the association obtained figures from state and provincial governments in the United States and Canada. Where informa- tion could not be pro- vided, CANA’s statistics consultant conducted a regression analysis to develop five projection models based on more than 20 years of data. Projected cremation rates reported are an average of this analysis. CANA’s Annual Report on cre- Order Your Favorite Animal Today! www.nomispublications.com or 1-800-321-7479