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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

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

Jacqueline S. Thursby

University Press of Kentucky

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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