A Loss of Intimacy for Death and Dying, Part II

The funeral industry was able to take root and thrive in early twentieth century America.

A Loss of Intimacy for Death and Dying

The early decades of the twentieth century witnessed a profound change in the relationship between the living and the dead in America.

Open or Closed Casket? The Handling of JFK’s Body

“Gawler’s men got to work after the autopsy, their goal to restore John F. Kennedy to the appearance of serene sleep.”

The Feds Probe the Funeral Industry

Funeral industry leaders in the early 70’s tried to redirect the public interest in reforming funeral traditions by touting the sociological and psychological benefits of traditional services.

Halloween Brings out the Spooky Side of Colorado

Experience the “real” ghosts of Colorado and stay in the haunted hotel that motivated Stephen King to write The Shining.

Chaos at the Funeral Church: The Death of Rudolph Valentino

The hysteria surrounding Valentino’s funeral demonstrated a deep desire in the American people at the time to have a continued relationship with the dead.

Death Through a Child’s Eyes

Children may have seen a hundred zombies de-brained on a video game, but the reality of someone’s passing is obviously quite different.

Omega Laboratories Awarded CAP Accreditation for Hair Drug Testing

Omega Laboratories is only one of two laboratories in the world to receive this prestigious accreditation for drug testing in hair.

The AIDS Epidemic: A Turning Point for Funeral Industry

The disease had a profound effect on the public imagination, especially after the death of screen star Rock Hudson from the virus.

Grief Mythology Triumphs

Simply “exposing” something as mythology may not be the death of it, even in the funeral industry.