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Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America

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Drawing upon interviews with funeral directors, major historical events like the funerals of John F. Kennedy and Rudolf Valentino, films, television, ... Show synopsis

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zenabee

A Necessary Business

by zenabee on Jul 26, 2007

Unless you're an energetic and totally "green" individual who plans to drag grandma out to the backyard when she leaves for the Great Bingo Parlor in the Sky, dig a very deep hole and plant a mulberry bush over her body, you're going to need a funeral director. We all make the final exit; who makes arrangements for everything from an elaborate casket and equally elaborate service to a simple cremation and return of cremains to the family is the funeral home staff. Gary Laderman's well-written and equally well-researched book traces the funeral industry from the early years of the 20th century where a funeral was a social highlight to our own time of growing preference for cremation. A highly readable work which deals with critics such as Jessica Mitford and advocates with an equal hand.

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