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Lay someone to rest vs Lay someone’s ghost to rest

lay someone to rest—(euph.) bury a person after he has died (also: lay someone to sleep):

  • Three weeks after his death, family and friends gathered Monday to pay tribute to Pokorney and to lay him to rest.

lay someone’s ghost to rest—(also: put someone’s ghost to rest) finally get rid of a dead person’s continuing influence:

  • Now China must take another crucial step: It must lay Mao’s ghost to rest.