Letter of the month: June 2008
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2008 22:28:11 -0400
From: "Sarah Watkins" <email@example.com>
Subject: regarding masonry
My name is Sarah Watkins. My grandfather (Bartley Watkins Sr.) was
devoted member of the masons for a very long as even served as the
"head" man in his lodge. His lodge was located in a small town of
Oakman, AL and is no longer open. However, in the next town is a lodge
with many members.
He not expected to make it through the night. He has always been a
devoted mason and means more to me than anyone else.
I learned recently that the masons can actually hold a special
masonic service. I am interested in how to go about this, cost, and if
it would be okay and appropriate for me to contact the lodge in Jasper
to set this up.
I also wanted to know if I should have planned this more in advance
although I just found out about it today or if that depends upon the
availability of the lodge itself.
Thank you very much,
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2008 08:32:53 -0400
From: A Page About Freemasonry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Sarah Watkins <email@example.com>
subject: Re: regarding masonry
Yes, the Masons of any lodge will perform a service for a
departed brother. I am sorry to hear that your grandfather is
If you know how to contact the lodge in the next town, then certainly
call them! Let them know. If you don't know how to reach them, call
the Grand Lodge of Alabama and ask them for help. They should call a
lodge near you and have someone contact you to make the
If you know any friend of your grandfather who is also a Mason, just
call him. Right away. He will know who else to call.
I don't know the exact details in AL. Here in Massachusetts, we have
a fairly brief (10-20 minute) funeral service. Usually, the family asks
us to perform the service at the chapel or church, just before the
regular funeral service by their clergyman. But occasionally, they ask
us to do the service at the graveside instead.
Sometimes a lodge will be unable to muster enough members to do the
service. In that case, the lodge Master or one of the members should
call around to other nearby lodges, to make sure there are enough
members at the funeral. Usually it takes at least a couple of days to
get in touch with people, and for them to have enough advance notice to
be there, so you want to call as soon as you can. But even if a lodge
gets a call on the night before a funeral, they can usually get some
people there. It's harder, but they will try.
Oh, and there's no cost whatever. If you wanted to, I guess you
could ask the lodge if they had some charity in the area that they were
helping out and make a donation to that in their name, something like
that. But it's not necessary, and lodges *never* charge for a funeral
service for a departed brother.
My sympathies, and I hope things work out.
-- Gary L. Dryfoos
A Page About Freemasonry
now at http://MasonryPage.org/
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