BRIDGEPORT, Ohio (WTRF)
As the world watches Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral unfold, it’s obvious the process is elaborate and complex.
But as Jason Wilson watches – as a funeral director – he’s struck by many details the rest of us wouldn’t notice.
Wilson Funeral Home handled final arrangements for professional athletes, members of Congress, and even an astronaut.
But Wilson says the Queen’s arrangements must have taken many people many years.
“I can only imagine, as a funeral professional, the amount of detail, the amount of collaboration, the amount of communication, the amount of work,” Wilson said.
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By looking at the cover, he can tell who is doing what.
“I can identify where the undertakers are in the procession because you can see them and you can see what they are doing,” he noted.
Wilson says every aspect has to be planned: vehicles, flowers, clothes, music, seats.
He says grieving family members cannot be expected to focus on logistics.
“Everyone has to know where to sit,” he said. “So you could see there was a funeral director or attendant of some form who knew that. Because frankly King Charles didn’t know where to sit. So they escorted him out and the made them sit down.
As thousands line up to pay their respects to the Queen, Wilson says it’s really no different than a teacher or a coal miner.
Saying goodbye is important.
“Every life is extraordinary,” Wilson said. “And should be celebrated. We see it with families. Families love to hear people’s stories of how this person touched their life.
If you’re planning on watching the Queen’s funeral, our coverage starts at 5:30 a.m. Monday on WTRF CBS and ABC.