Death in the Victorian Family

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Oxford University Press, 1996 - Family & Relationships - 464 pages
This engrossing book explores family experiences of dying, death, grieving, and mourning in the years between 1830 and 1920. So many Victorian letters, diaries, and death memorials reveal a deep preoccupation with death which is both fascinating and enlightening. Pat Jalland has examined the correspondence, diaries, and death memorials of fifty-five families to show us deathbed scenes of the time, good and bad deaths, the roles of medicine and religion, children's deaths, funerals and cremations, widowhood, and mourning rituals.
 

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Contents

The Evangelical Ideal of the Good Death
17
The Revival and Decline of the Good Christian Death
39
Bad Deaths Sudden Deaths and Suicides
59
Death and the Victorian Doctors
77
Nurses Consultants and Terminal Prognoses
98
That Little Company of Angels The Tragedies of Childrens Deaths
119
Death in Old Age
143
In Search of Good Death Death in the Gladstone and Lyttelton Families 18351915
161
Widows Gendered Experiences of Widowhood
230
Widowers Gendered Experiences of Widowhood
251
Christian Consolations and Heavenly Reunions
265
The Consolations of Memory
284
Rituals of Sorrow MourningDress and Condolence Letters
300
Chronic and Abnormal Grief Queen Victoria Lady Frederick Cavendish and Emma Haden
318
A Solitude beyond the Reach of God or Man Victorian Agnostics and Death
339
Epilogue After the Victorians Social Memory Spiritualism and the Great War
358

GRIEF AND MOURNING
191
Introduction to Part II
193
Funeral Reform and the Cremation Debate
194
The Funeral Week
210
Notes
382
Location of Manuscript Collections
443
Index
447
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Pat Jalland is Associate Professor of History at Murdoch University, WA. From 27 January 1997 she will be Professor of History at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University. Her books include Women, Marriage, and Politics 1860-1914, which won the non-fiction prize in the 1987 Western Australia Week Literary Awards.

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