What an upstanding group of young men.
Six students from Roxbury Latin boys’ school near Boston learned a lesson during their school day that could not have possibly been taught in a classroom. The school’s assistant headmaster, Mike Pojman, initiated a program designed not only to educate some of his students but to serve the community in a very unlikely way.
Partnered with a local funeral home, the boys volunteered to be the pallbearers for a man who died without family or friends present to attend his burial. The boys wore suit jackets, and carried the coffin to the burial site where they all read poems and verses. Together the boys recited this prayer:
“Dear Lord, thank you for opening our hearts and minds to this corporal work of mercy. We are here to bear witness to the life and passing of Nicholas Miller. He died alone with no family to comfort him. But
“…today, we are his family.”
“We are here as his sons. We are honored to stand together before him now, to commemorate his life, and to remember him in death, as we commend his soul to his eternal rest.”
The experience left the young men with a new perspective on life and death. One of the seniors said in an interview, “I know I’m going back, and I’m going to go to school and take another quiz, but all that work, you can get caught up in it. When you kind of get out of that bubble that you can kind of [get] stuck in, you get perspective on what’s really important in life.”
The boys follow suit with the work of students at Detroit high school as part of the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial program, which has provided burial services to nearly 2,000 veterans for 16 years: