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Remembering at Death: Funeral and Related Rituals

Jay D. Schvaneneldt Ph.D, Utah State University

Exact publication date is unknown but is estimated to have been in 1989.


People have always died at all points in history and the living have always mourned the death of loved ones with some type of ceremony. The typical funeral that is popular in modem day America is, however, a very recent happening. In the past, funerals tended to be very plain, a pine box, family and friends caring for the body, and simple burial. This is in dramatic contrast to the modem funeral that is carried out by professionals who transform the dead body into a living memorial.