Blessing-Hine is more than just a funeral home — we are an active component in the Twinsburg area communities we serve. Throughout the year, our funeral home staff participates in special events, such as hospice walks, educational programs, military tributes, and so much more.
Complimentary Lunch Seminar
11:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Please join us at Valenti's in Beachwood for a complimentary lunch and seminar to discuss your wishes, financial considerations, final-arrangement planning and much more! Absolutely No Selling, Information Only. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
Seats are limited, so RSVP now by calling 216-410-1341. Click HERE for more information!
When you plan ahead, you can:
Help Ease Your Family’s Emotional Burden
Avoid Difficult Decisions At A Stressful Time
Ensure That Your Wishes Are Followed
Lincoln Coffin Display & Historical Talk
SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015
7-7:30 p.m. Replica Coffin Display
7:30-8 p.m. Historical Talk
An authentic replica of President Abraham Lincoln's coffin will be on display during a special presentation by the Twinsburg Historical Society on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Blessing-Hine Funeral Home. This display will also feature special floral arrangements by Novaks Flower Shoppe.
The coffin is one of five replicas made by Batesville Casket Company. Four of those travel the nation for display at funeral homes, while the fifth remains as part of the permanent collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, Illinois.
President Lincoln’s coffin was the most elaborate of that time. His coffin was constructed of solid walnut, lined with lead and completely covered in expensive black cloth. It was 6 feet, 6 inches long and was decorated with sterling silver handles and sterling silver studs extending the entire length of its sides. Though the coffin appears austere compared to modern caskets, the original was custom made for the president and featured a removable two-part top and a lead lining. The replica does not contain lead.
The first public viewing of Lincoln was held in the White House on April 18, 1865. Following the funeral on April 19, 1865, the coffin was transported to the Capital for another public viewing. It was decided that President Lincoln should be returned to his home in Springfield. President Lincoln’s funeral train began the long journey to Springfield on April 21, 1865. The funeral train traveled a similar route that Lincoln had made as president-elect. President Lincoln’s son William “Willie” Lincoln, who died in 1862, was disinterred and placed on the funeral train to be buried with his father in Springfield.
Large funeral precessions were held at each major stop along the funeral route, as the coffin was transported from the train to the place of public viewing. Cleveland was the only city to hold its public viewing outdoors, as they did not have a building large enough to accommodate the large crowds of mourners.
It is estimated that one million people viewed President Lincoln’s body from the time of his death until his burial in Springfield. It could be said that Abraham Lincoln’s death triggered the beginning of modern day funeral service. President Lincoln was the first public figure to be embalmed and put on view for almost three weeks. The embalming technique used on President Lincoln was primarily used on soldiers who died during the Civil War and needed to be transported home for burial.
Being able to view the body for extended periods of time without being iced was the precursor for modern day funeral service. People at that time thought embalming was a barbaric violation of the body, but Lincoln’s funeral had changed that perception. President Lincoln’s public viewing introduced the population to the benefits of embalming. Mourners were able to see the late president for twenty days and embalming made it possible.
DID YOU KNOW?
The distinction between a coffin and a casket is that a coffin has six sides (diamond shaped) and a casket has four sides.