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Last Rites

The Work of the Modern Funeral Director, 1st Edition

By Glennys Howarth

Routledge

232 pages

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Description

This book examines death rituals and the social significance of undertaking in western society and presents an ethnographic account of funeral directing in an area of east London which, for the purposes of anonymity. It is concerned with undertakers' perceptions and organization of death rituals.

Table of Contents

Introduction

CHAPTER 1 Modern Death Rituals and the Undertaker

CHAPTER 2 The Business of Funeral Directing

CHAPTER 3 Funeral Directing in Easton

CHAPTER 4 Becoming an Undertaker

CHAPTER 5 The Contaminated Corpse

CHAPTER 6 Making Arrangements

CHAPTER 7 Humanizing the Body

CHAPTER 8 The Funeral Ceremony

CONCLUSION: The Undertaker: Past, Present, and Future

Bibliography

Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MED000000
MEDICAL / General
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health