Death and Dying in Central Appalachia: Changing Attitudes and Practices

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University of Illinois Press, 1994 - Social Science - 247 pages
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Crissman (sociology, Illinois Benedictine Coll.) presents a scholarly investigation of the funeral customs of the Central Appalachian region. The author maintains that the isolation and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Familism Neighborliness and the Death Watch
9
Preparation of the Body
22
Burial Receptacles and Grave Digging
42
The Wake
66
The Funeral Service
77
Burial Customs
99
Grave Markers and Other Forms of Memorialization
118
Funeralizing and Memorial Traditions
145
Dying Death and Central Appalachian Music
156
Mining Disasters and Death
183
Summary
200
Notes
209
Bibliography
233
Index
245
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