What Does a Pallbearer Do?

Funeral with casket carried by coffin bearer

The primary role of a pallbearer is to help carry or officially escort a casket at a funeral. Friends, relatives, and professional associates of the deceased are most likely to be pallbearers for the deceased. There are usually only a small number of pallbearers—maybe six or eight—so if you were chosen, it means you were an important person in the life of the deceased. Some funerals have pallbearers who actually carry the casket, while others have honorary pallbearers who accompany the casket but do not carry it. If you were asked to be a pallbearer, consider it an honor, and be sure to arrive early so you can receive instructions from the funeral home on how to proceed.

To learn more about what a pallbearer does, contact Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. We are a well-known funeral home in the Tacoma area with a full-service facility, three chapels, two reception areas, and 120 acres of cemetery grounds. Call us at (253) 584-0252 or visit our website for more information.

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