Lying in repose
is a term used to describe when a deceased person, often of some stature, is available for public viewing. "Lying in repose" is different from the formal honor of "lying in state
", which is generally held at the principal government building of the country and often accompanied by an honor guard
In the United States
, the distinction between "lying in repose" and "lying in state" is not often observed. However, "lying in state" is generally considered to exclusively refer to being placed in the Rotunda
of the United States Capitol
The remains of presidents
who die in office generally lie in repose in the East Room
of the White House
while those of a deceased former president generally lie in repose in his home state
. However, as an example to the contrary, when John F. Kennedy
lay in repose, the term meant "private" as opposed to a public lying in state.
Not everyone eligible to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda does so. For instance, President Richard Nixon
lay in repose at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library
in Yorba Linda, California
, Senator Edward Kennedy lay in repose at the John F. Kennedy Library
in Boston, Massachusetts
, and Senator Robert Byrd
lay in repose in the Senate chamber at the Capitol.
, when deceased governors general
and prime ministers
lie anywhere outside of the Hall of......