By Robert Webster
Why might a person are looking to hang around with useless bodies?
With curious anecdotes and unimaginable fact, funeral director Robert Webster unearths that resolution and extra, delivering readers pleasing and quirky tales gleaned from a existence lived round loss of life. Webster tackles these embarrassing questions all of us have approximately what relatively is going on bhind the scenes while you've left this global:
* unusual issues humans installed caskets
* the largest rip-offs within the business
* The loopy issues that ensue to a physique after death
* Lime, waz, and alternative ways to conceal the truth
* crucial factor an undertaker does
* the right way to keep away from the high-pressure funeral parlour
* What that's now not a coffin the physique is resting in
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Were greatly appreciated, and the constructive, insightful comments of E. Brooks Holifield gave me a fresh perspective on the manuscript while I was putting it into its final form. The summer research support I received from the university was also helpful as I finished putting the final manuscript together. I would like to express my gratitude to the Graduate Division and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for research support. During the research for this project I encountered a number of generous and friendly people who made the task of searching through materials much easier.
22 Page 7 The struggle to account for death can also be linked with a wide range of high-profile, contentious, often extremely emotional issues in American society, including abortion, euthanasia, violence, suicide, genocide, and AIDS. The public debates surrounding these issues, as well as the popularity of newage visions of the afterlife, mourning manuals, techniques of grief therapy, and bereavement workshops, indicate that death is not a taboo topic, but rather a subject that is unavoidable in American culture.
In addition, changes in living and work patterns contributed to how people died. 9 In general, those who were strong enough to survive the various diseases and occasional epidemics that swept through their communities could expect to live into their late thirties. 10 Unfortunately many people did not even reach these ages the chances of dying during the early years of life were exceedingly high. "11 Another historian suggests that infant mortality might have been as Page 25 high as two hundred per thousand live births.
Does This Mean You'll See Me Naked?: Field Notes from a Funeral Director by Robert Webster