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Vicks VapoRub. The classic cure-all for colds and coughs used by people for generations, including my Grandma Hager. She was buried with a jar of it. I still use it and swear by it.

Vicks VapoRub. The classic cure-all for colds and coughs used by people for generations, including my Grandma Hager. She was buried with a jar of it. I still use it and swear by it.

A baton, a whistle, cigars. All items that have been buried with famous people (respectively, Leonard Bernstein, Humphrey Bogart, George Burns). Read more here: What famous people are buried with.

Or buried in. My friend, Ben, sent me this link about a California heiress buried in her $2 million blue Ferrari. Oh, the poor people who had to dig that grave!

It’s a centuries-old funerary tradition. In ancient Egypt, people were buried with items that were intended for use in the afterlife.

Millennia later, we still do this. My Grandma Hager was buried with things she loved and was known for:

Grandma loved popcorn! Whenever we visited her, she'd made a giant bowl.

Grandma loved popcorn! Whenever we visited her, she’d made a giant bowl.

Grandma also loved card games. Visits with the said popcorn also involved playing cards. Polish poker was an easy game for all generations to play (though I don't remember the rules anymore!).

Grandma also loved card games. Visits involving the said popcorn also involved playing cards. Polish poker was an easy game for all generations to play (though I don’t remember the rules anymore!).

She also was buried with the quilt that was made for her, featuring a square for each of her grandchildren. I have a picture of it somewhere; wish I could easily locate it!

There was something comforting about seeing Grandma with these items in her casket. We were sending her off to a different world, but we wanted these important tokens from this world to go with her.

What have you seen people buried with?

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