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Usually six people are required. Caskets are always carried feet first, so you might think not only of who would be pallbearers, men or women, but also where they can be positioned. The head of the casket is normally heaviest. It is usual for the casket to be placed when people arrive for a service, and to pallbear out to a significant piece of music. You can choose to pallbear both ways if you have a lot of people you’d like to be pallbearers.