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Last Rites: The Evolution of the American Funeral

Last Rites: The Evolution of the American Funeral

Geschrieben von Todd Harra

Erzählt von T. Ryder Smith


Last Rites: The Evolution of the American Funeral

Geschrieben von Todd Harra

Erzählt von T. Ryder Smith

Länge:
10 Stunden
Freigegeben:
2. Aug. 2022
ISBN:
9781705064214
Format:
Hörbuch

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Beschreibung

The Untold Story of American Funeral and Mourning Traditions
Why do we embalm the deceased? Why are funerals so expensive? Is there a reason coffins are shaped the way they are? When—and why—did we start viewing the deceased?

Ceremonies for honoring the departed are crucial parts of our lives, but few people know where our traditional practices come from—and what they reveal about our history, culture, and beliefs about death.

In Last Rites, author Todd Harra takes you on a fascinating exploration of American customs around death, burial, and remembrance, including:
• Influences for American rituals—from medieval Europe, the Roman Empire, and ancient Egypt
• When mourning fell out of fashion—and how George Washington’s passing brought it back
• Abraham Lincoln’s landmark funeral and its widespread impact
• How technology, religion, media, and even grave robbers have shaped our traditions
• Unknown soldiers—how warfare influenced funeral and bereavement practices … and vice versa
• The future of our death rites—mushroom suits, green burial, body donation, flameless cremation, home funerals, and more

The rich story of the American funeral is one of constant evolution. Whether you’re planning a funeral service or are simply intrigued by the meaning behind American burial practices, Last Rites is an informative and compelling exploration of the history—and future—of the ceremonies we use to say farewell to those who have departed this world.
Freigegeben:
2. Aug. 2022
ISBN:
9781705064214
Format:
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Über den Autor

Todd Harra has over a decade of experience as a licensed funeral director and embalmer and is a certified postmortem reconstructionist and cremationist. He has written two nonfiction books about the profession, Mortuary Confidential and Over Our Dead Bodies, and is an associate editor for Southern Calls, a renowned journal in the funeral profession. He is the president of the Delaware State Funeral Directors Association. For more, visit toddharra.com.  


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