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.

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.

Expect Anything in the Funeral Industry, Even Druids

Death is not a topic that is avoided within Druidry.

Is Mortuary Science a Dying Career?

Adaptation is key in developing funeral “traditions” for modern Americans.

Emily Post Eliminates a Funeral Tradition

Learn how Ms. Post viewed mourning, how she dispelled the “sitting up” tradition, and how she viewed servants who would not help during a time of need.

Debate Continues over Shanidar Cave Burial Flowers

Perhaps by adding the Shanidar plants listed above to your next funeral arrangement, you can alter history – or, at least encourage debate among future scholars.

Historical Burial Traditions: Bahamian Burials III

In the first blog entry about Bahamian burials, you may have learned that there was a distinction among social classes and between races in life as well as in death in the Bahamas. In the second article, you may have witnessed how both Europeans and Africans influenced each other in the types of memorials reserved for the dead and the designation of a burial as permanent or transient. This article, the last in the series, shows how class defined the Bahamian burial; however, cultural influences also shaped the Bahamian burial scene.