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Funeral Festivals in America: Rituals for the Living

Jacqueline S. Thursby


When Evelyn Waugh wrote The Loved One (1948) as a satire of the elaborate preparations and memorialization of the dead taking place in his time, he had no way of knowing how technical and extraordinarily creative human funerary practices would become in the ensuing decades. This book explores how modern American funerals and their accompanying rituals have evolved into affairs that help the living with the healing process. The book suggests that there is irony in the festivities surrounding death. The typical American response to death often develops into a celebration that reestablishes links ... More

Keywords: funerary practices, American funerals, rituals, healing process, death, funerary banquet, wake, humor, food, feasts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780813123806
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813123806.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacqueline S. Thursby, author