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.