Ancient Funeral Rites: Roman Funerals

There is proof that humans have given enough thought to their dead to perform established procedures, rites and rituals going back as far to the Neanderthals.

The Funeral Empire Strikes Back

…Still, funeral directors did not ignore the challenges nor try to hide their professional duties behind a veil of secrecy.

Critiquing the American Funeral and Enlightening the Masses

Quincy Dowd and John Gebhart are only two among many who strove to “enlighten” the American public about, and it general to shed light on, the economics of the funeral.

The Public Outcry for Funeral Reform Part II

There was stiff competition in the undertaking business because of small volume of business and large number of undertakers…

The Case of World War I Part II

There were two main arguments used by those who favored keeping American military dead in cemeteries overseas.

The Public Outcry for Funeral Reform

There were many popular press reports and articles which claimed to expose the funeral business as a fraud.

The Debate over the Care of the Dead: The Case of World War I

From the early of the twentieth century to the early 1960’s, there was much popular concern about the value and fairness of the funeral industry.

Literary Undertakers Part III

Eugene’s brother Luke asks Hines to help them pick out a coffin, and he immediately takes on the role of salesman extraordinaire…

Death & Dying in the American South Call for Papers

Interested scholars should submit a title, a 250-word abstract for a 20-minute presentation, and a c.v. to Craig Friend by December 10, 2010.

Literary Undertakers, Part I

Undertakers have been portrayed as objects of satire and ridicule, two-dimensional figures who are predictable and worthy of scorn.