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Question #26293 posted on 07/08/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Are pallbearers always male, or are they just traditionally so?

- Dragon Lady

A: Dear Dragon Lady,

Wikipedia tells us, "pallbearers are not always male, but male pallbearers are the most common." So, tradition dictates that pallbearers be a close family member or friend, usually male. In cases of terminal illness, the deceased often chooses pallbearers before their death. In other cases, the pallbearers are chosen by family. It stands to reason that anyone can be chosen.