Two funerals in one as man dies on the day of his wife’s funeral

Sad and heartwarming at the same time, here’s one that makes you say “Aww….”

I think this couple might have wanted it this way.

Man dies at wife’s funeral, gets buried with her.

Gwen and Norman Hendrickson were married nearly 66 years ago, vowing to never leave each other’s side.

On the day of Gwen’s funeral, Norm, dressed in what he called his funeral suit, left their Cambridge home in a limousine. When the limo arrived at Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, Norm was unresponsive.

“Merrilyne, the oldest daughter, said to me, ‘Elizabeth, do you think we could put dad in a box and put him in the room with a mom?’ I took a little bit of a breath and said sure,” said Nichols-Ross. “People were starting to come in for the calling hours. We got Norm in the back and got him ready.”

His adult daughters, not skipping a beat, posted a sign on the front door of the funeral home, saying “Surprise, it’s a double header!”

There’s nothing paranormal or supernatural at play in this story but it is a meaningful coincidence. The man was 94 years old, so it’s safe to assume he died of natural causes, arguably a broken heart, as he had taken his wife’s death very hard.

It’s just a tragic coincidence, or happy coincidence, depending on how you see it, as the family was sure Norm appreciated the two for one deal at the funeral.

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  2 comments for “Two funerals in one as man dies on the day of his wife’s funeral

  1. Bob
    February 26, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    I think that you will find that the couple would rather not have died. Just saying. :)

  2. Rick
    February 26, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    My uncle (who had taken a disability retirement for a heart condition) died on the 1 year + 1 month anniversary of his wife’s funeral. They had been married 55 years.

    Parents of a friend of mine died, she of MRSA, he on the 1 year anniversary of her funeral. They had been married 50 years.

    Anecdotal evidence like this is not hardly reliable (else we’d all be thriving on homeopathic “drugs
    and Infomercial get-rich-quick schemes). But I find it curious. I’ve heard from clergy that it is not unusual for couples who have been married for long times (40+ years) and in a happy relationship to both die the same year.

    Of course in these anecdotes the people are old, and so from an actuarial point of view not surprising they would succumb, and other factors (living together therefore eating the same food/alcohol/smoking, etc) would come into play.

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