Another word describe something very similar to a pallbearer
June 18, 2012 11:12 PM Subscribe
Is there a term other than "pallbearer" for someone who carries a corpse or ashes?
posted by lewedswiver to writing & language (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Wiki tells me that a "pall" is literally the cloth that is draped over a coffin. When I think of "pallbearer," I think purely of the people carrying a coffin during a funeral (and it may be more ceremonial than anything).
I'm looking for a word to describe, say, the Bundren family in Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, or Walter in The Big Lebowski when he is carrying Donny's ashes to be scattered. A word that could apply to someone outside of a traditional funeral setting; a word that would signify simply someone who carries another person's remains.
If "pallbearer" is the only word that fits, let me know!