Vocabulary: bier – will there be beer next to my bier?

Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
Sentence: "Our party stands uncovered beside the bier of Warren G. Harding," Bryan's memorial statement began—until he realized how that would sound when read aloud. In Bryan's next draft, "bier" became "grave."
Page: 243

Word: bier
  • a frame or stand on which a corpse or the coffin containing it is laid before burial.
  • such a stand together with the corpse or coffin.
   Source: Dictionary.com

First I thought it was a non-flammable pyre then realized it was a burial pier cause it sounds like pier not pyre.

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