Day of mourning: What happens when a former president dies

Day of mourning: What happens when a former president dies


Since February of last year, 99-year-old former President Jimmy Carter has been in hospice care living in his small hometown of Plains, Georgia

Speaking at a forum last weekend, grandson Jason Carter said his grandfather is doing OK but recognized that the former president’s time is coming to an end. When Jimmy Carter dies, his funeral will be the first for a Democratic president in half a century. 

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There have only been four state funerals for former presidents since 1973, including Lyndon B. Johnson’s funeral in 1973, Ronald Reagan’s in 2004, Gerald R. Ford’s in 2007, and George H.W. Bush’s in 2018. 

Richard Nixon died in 1994 after suffering a stroke. His wife opted to hold a smaller funeral at his presidential

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