Changing Ways of Death in Twentieth-century Australia: War, Medicine, and the Funeral Business
Death and bereavement come to us all. This is the first book to help us explain and understand their history across twentieth-century Australia. It draws aside the veil of silence that surrounded death for fifty years after 1918—characterized by denial, minimal ritual and private sorrow—and explores the dramatic changes since the 1980s. Emotional and compelling, award-winning writer Pat Jalland's important book looks at the World Wars and the impact of medicine, with many stories drawn from letters and diaries. She also discusses cancer, euthanasia, palliative care, the funeral business, cemeteries and cremation.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Introduction The world we have lost
Death denial and silent grief
The two world wars and denial of death
The Great War Heroic deaths and distant graves
The silent heartache of the Great War
Private and secular grief Katharine susannah Prichard
Airmen missing presumed dead Without emotion without witness without farewell
The horrible nightmare of prisoners of war in the AsiaPacific
Euthanasia and the doctors
Palliative care and the hospice movement
The funeral business cemeteries and cremation
The funeral business in Australia A racket in human sorrow?
Overcrowded burial grounds modern lawn cemeteries and mausolea
Cremation in Australia since 1914
The second cultural shift
The revival of expressive grief
active euthanasia Adelaide airmen Anzac Argus Australian believed bereaved families bodies burial buried Burma-Thailand railway Catholic cent chaplain Christian coffin consolation cremation crematorium cultural dead death denial diary died disease doctors dying emotional expressed father fear folder friends funeral directors funeral industry Gallipoli graves Greenhalgh grief grieving hospital husband increased individual Journal of Australia July Katharine Keith Murdoch Ken Inglis killed Kylie Tennant later lives loss loved lung cancer mausolea Melbourne Memoriam memories missing mother mourning Newcastle Morning Herald numbers nursing Old Melbourne Cemetery pain palliative palliative care parents patients Prichard prisoner of war prisoners response Ric Throssell rituals Sept silence society soldiers sorrow South Australia South Wales suffering suicide Sydney Morning Herald terminally ill terrible Throssell tion Trathen file Victoria voluntary euthanasia Western Australia Wild Weeds wrote