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Funeral Festivals in AmericaRituals for the Living$
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Jacqueline S. Thursby

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123806

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123806.001.0001

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The Final Passage Rituals for Separating from Life

The Final Passage Rituals for Separating from Life

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(p.44) Chapter Two The Final Passage Rituals for Separating from Life
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Funeral Festivals in America
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Jacqueline S. Thursby

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813123806.003.0003

This chapter examines the rituals for death or the process of separating from life in the U.S. It explains that in a culture as diverse as the U.S., the rituals for separating from life are also diverse and distinct and that a commonality often referred to only lies in the analogy of death and sleep. It suggests that the three categories of funeral rites have metamorphosed into a different schema in the individualistic American culture and the vanity-driven culture has turned people inward making them resistant to generalized traditions. It presents observations on how an American family deal with last illness and the death of a loved one.

Keywords:   death rituals, U.S., culture, funeral rites, traditions

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