Cremation In America

Autore: Fred Rosen
Editore: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1615927565
Grandezza: 52,64 MB
Formato: PDF
Vista: 9698

Congratulations to Mr Rosen for writing a fascinating and most interesting history of cremation in the USA. He raises many issues that are relevant today and the need to regulate and monitor the industry. The Cremation Society of Great Britain, founded by Sir Henry Thompson and his colleagues, paved the way forward in the UK for cremation practises. I recommend strongly that United States legislatures do take notice and act upon the recommendations made in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.-The Earl Grey, President, The Cremation Society of Great BritainVery interesting. I learned things I didn't know about the conflict some Catholics have with cremation and gained a better understanding of the religious objections which arise in Judaism. I also enjoyed learning about the personalities of some of the early advocates of cremation.... Very readable and entertaining. Until people are able to think and talk about end-of-life issues, they will never be able to plan ahead and help their families make appropriate arrangements.-Carolyn Hayek, Former Executive Director of People's Memorial AssociationLike Service's famous epic poem, Rosen's popular history is bound to excite new interest in the practice of cremation. Everything you ever wanted to know about the subject of cremation and more.-Dr. Martin Greenberg, Professor of Criminal Justice, Point Park College, Pittsburgh, PAIn this captivating review of the history, the practice, and the industry of cremation in America, award-winning former New York Times columnist Fred Rosen provides an authoritative source of information and many revealing facts about an increasingly common, yet still controversial, alternative to burial.Rosen gives an entertaining first person account of his inquiry into the practice of cremation and its roots. He describes the early ancient custom of cremation by funeral pyre and then explores why the rising Church banned the practice as a sacrilege. He then traces the underpinnings of the modern cremation movement in the late 19th century among a colorful group of intellectuals and physicians. This 19th century group endorsed this then illegal practice as a means to improve public health-as a way to prevent seepage of burial grounds from polluting ground water and spreading disease.Rosen goes on to examine, in today's world, people's feelings about death and religion as well as their sensitivities to cremation. Given certain abuses, he believes that this industry needs to be regulated. However, he finds much in favor of cremation when firsthand comparing its costs vs. the excesses and extravagances of the burial funeral industry.In an age when over 25 percent of the population is turning to cremation as a preferred funeral arrangement, this book offers much timely, useful, and engrossing information.

Purified By Fire

Autore: Stephen Prothero
Editore: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520236882
Grandezza: 71,78 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub
Vista: 7956

Publisher Fact Sheet A history of cremation in America.

A Quartercentury Of Cremation In North America

Autore: John Storer Cobb
Grandezza: 67,12 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub, Docs
Vista: 5166

Lived Religion In America

Autore: David D. Hall
Editore: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691218285
Grandezza: 13,99 MB
Formato: PDF, Docs
Vista: 4387

At once historically and theoretically informed, these essays invite the reader to think of religion dynamically, reconsidering American religious history in terms of practices that are linked to specific social contexts. The point of departure is the concept of "lived religion." Discussing such topics as gift exchange, cremation, hymn-singing, and women's spirituality, a group of leading sociologists and historians of religion explore the many facets of how people carry out their religious beliefs on a daily basis. As David Hall notes in his introduction, a history of practices "encompasses the tensions, the ongoing struggle of definition, that are constituted within every religious tradition and that are always present in how people choose to act. Practice thus suggests that any synthesis is provisional." The volume opens with two essays by Robert Orsi and Danièle Hervieu-Léger that offer an overview of the rapidly growing study of lived religion, with Hervieu-Léger using the Catholic charismatic renewal movement in France as a window through which to explore the coexistence of regulation and spontaneity within religious practice. Anne S. Brown and David D. Hall examine family strategies and church membership in early New England. Leigh Eric Schmidt looks at the complex meanings of gift-giving in America. Stephen Prothero writes about the cremation movement in the late nineteenth century. In an essay on the narrative structure of Mrs. Cowman's Streams in the Desert, Cheryl Forbes considers the devotional lives of everyday women. Michael McNally uses the practice of hymn-singing among the Ojibwa to reexamine the categories of native and Christian religion. In essays centering on domestic life, Rebecca Kneale Gould investigates modern homesteading as lived religion while R. Marie Griffith treats home-oriented spirituality in the Women's Aglow Fellowship. In "Golden- Rule Christianity," Nancy Ammerman talks about lived religion in the American mainstream.

Death And Dying In America

Autore: Andrea Fontana
Editore: Polity
ISBN: 0745639151
Grandezza: 31,10 MB
Formato: PDF, Docs
Vista: 5974

This engaging new book takes a fresh approach to the major topics surrounding the processes and rituals of death and dying in the United States. It emphasizes individual experiences and personal reactions to death as well as placing mortality within a wider social context, drawing on theoretical frameworks, empirical research and popular culture. Throughout the text the authors highlight the importance of two key factors in American society which determine who dies and under what circumstances: persistent social inequality and the American consumerist ethic. These features are explored through a discussion of topics ranging from debates about euthanasia to deaths resulting from war and terrorism; from the death of a child to children?s experience of grieving and bereavement; and from beliefs about life after death to more practical issues such as the disposal of the dead body. Drawing on sociological, anthropological, philosophical, and historical research the authors present the salient features of death and dying for upper-level students across the social sciences. For anyone interested in learning more about the end of life, this book will provide a useful and accessible perspective on the uniquely American understanding of death and dying.

Funeral Festivals In America

Autore: Jacqueline S. Thursby
Editore: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813149878
Grandezza: 46,23 MB
Formato: PDF, Kindle
Vista: 5581

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. In Funeral Festivals in America, author Jacqueline S. Thursby explores how modern American funerals and their accompanying rituals have evolved into affairs that help the living with the healing process. Thursby suggests that there is irony in the festivities surrounding death. The typical American response to death often develops into a celebration that reestablishes links or strengthens ties between family members and friends. The increasingly important funerary banquet, for example, honors an often well-lived life in order to help survivors accept the change that death brings and to provide healing fellowship. At such celebrations and other forms of the traditional wake, participants often use humor to add another dimension to expressing both the personality of the deceased and their ties to a particular ethnic heritage. In her research and interviews, Thursby discovered the paramount importance of food as part of the funeral ritual. During times of loss, individuals want to be consoled, and this is often accomplished through the preparation and consumption of nourishing, comforting foods. In the Intermountain West, Funeral Potatoes, a potato-cheese casserole, has become an expectation at funeral meals; Muslim families often bring honey flavored fruits and vegetables to the funeral table for their consoling familiarity; and many Mexican Americans continue the tradition of tamale making as a way to bring people together to talk, to share memories, and to simply enjoy being together. Funeral Festivals in America examines rituals for loved ones separated by death, frivolities surrounding death, funeral foods and feasts, post-funeral rites, and personalized memorials and grave markers. Thursby concludes that though Americans come from many different cultural traditions, they deal with death in a largely similar approach. They emphasize unity and embrace rites that soothe the distress of death as a way to heal and move forward.

Religion And Spirituality In America

Autore: Kathlyn Gay
Editore: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 1461712300
Grandezza: 70,85 MB
Formato: PDF
Vista: 3949

The United States has more religious groups than any other country in the world. Religion and Spirituality in America: The Ultimate Teen Guide provides an introduction to some of the diverse religious practices, traditions, and expressions in the United States and focuses on how teenagers view their particular religious faith (or lack of it), what they believe, what conflicts they encounter, and how they relate to others whose religions differ from theirs. This book is designed for the inquisitive youth searching for answers to life's most difficult questions related to religion and spirituality. Whether these young people are well into their teen years or just entering them, they will gravitate to this book because of its direct, up-to-date information, riveting teen views, and lively illustrations. Besides highlighting singular facts, author Kathlyn Gay offers the latest reading lists, web sites, and an index for quick reference. Perfect for browsing, there's loads of expert information to help parents, guardians, and especially teens understand and respect the vast religious differences that exist in the United States.

Parting Ways

Autore: Denise Carson
Editore: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520949412
Grandezza: 79,77 MB
Formato: PDF, Kindle
Vista: 6829

Parting Ways explores the emergence of new end-of-life rituals in America that celebrate the dying and reinvent the roles of family and community at the deathbed. Denise Carson contrasts her father’s passing in the 1980s, governed by the structures of institutionalized death, with her mother’s death some two decades later. Carson’s moving account of her mother’s dying at home vividly portrays a ceremonial farewell known as a living wake, showing how it closed the gap between social and biological death while opening the door for family and friends to reminisce with her mother. Carson also investigates a variety of solutions--living funerals, oral ethical wills, and home funerals--that revise the impending death scenario. Integrating the profoundly personal with the objectively historical, Parting Ways calls for an "end of life revolution" to change the way of death in America.

Myths Of Pre Columbian America

Autore: Donald Alexander Mackenzie
Editore: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486293790
Grandezza: 15,26 MB
Formato: PDF, Mobi
Vista: 5710

Expert discussions of such myths and mythological figures as the milk goddess and her pot symbol, the jewel-water and mugwort goddess, goddesses of love and food, Tlaloc and the dragon, love and mother deities, Quetzalcoatl, many more. Also, symbolism, burial customs, other topics. Over 70 illustrations. Map.

Literary Remains

Autore: Mary Elizabeth Hotz
Editore: SUNY Press
ISBN: 079147724X
Grandezza: 19,26 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub, Docs
Vista: 9318

Explores Victorian responses to death and burial in literature, journalism, and legal writing. Literary Remains explores the unexpectedly central role of death and burial in Victorian England. As Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s Six Feet Under, quipped, “Once you put a dead body in the room, you can talk about anything.” So, too, with the Victorians: dead bodies, especially their burial and cremation, engaged the passionate attention of leading Victorians, from sanitary reformers like Edwin Chadwick to bestselling novelists like Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, and Bram Stoker. Locating corpses at the center of an extensive range of concerns, including money and law, medicine and urban architecture, social planning and folklore, religion and national identity, Mary Elizabeth Hotz draws on a range of legal, administrative, journalistic, and literary writing to offer a thoughtful meditation on Victorian attitudes toward death and burial, as well as how those attitudes influenced present-day deathway practices. Literary Remains gives new meaning to the phrase that serves as its significant theme: “Taught by death what life should be.” “...Literary Remains is a fantastic literary companion and is worth reading even if you’re not initially interested in burial practices.” — M/C Reviews “…Hotz not only contextualizes her readings within a historical framework surrounding the passage of the Burial Acts, the building of large public cemeteries in the suburbs, and the late-century introduction of cremation as a widespread social practice, but offers a perceptive and compelling rhetorical analysis of the sociological, political, and theological discourse about burial.” — Victorian Studies “…the painstaking research on debates about funerary reform that Hotz brings together will be valuable for future investigations of death in Victorian culture.” — Studies in English Literature “This is an ambitious, energetic and rigorous attempt to do that very difficult thing, integrate detailed and historically informed analysis of the documents of nineteenth-century burial reform and of major literary texts into a lucid and complex argument that doesn’t fight shy of contradiction and difficulty.” — Mortality “Drawing on a vast range of primary sources—official documents, newspapers and periodicals, travel guides—and the work of anthropologists, historians, and the substantial engagements within literary studies dealing with representations of death and the dead, Hotz’s perceptive, engaging, and eloquent study will be welcomed by a range of scholars in the humanities and social sciences.” — CHOICE “I read this fascinating book with great pleasure. It makes a valuable contribution to the study of Victorian practices of death and burial and will be an essential supplement to existing studies of the culture of Victorian melancholy and bereavement.” — Joel Faflak, author of Romantic Psychoanalysis: The Burden of the Mystery

To Bury Or To Burn

Autore: Reverend Dr. Luke Mitchell Jr
Editore: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1466959436
Grandezza: 39,10 MB
Formato: PDF, Docs
Vista: 1609

The author wrote this book to enlighten and empower individuals concerning alternative measures to the traditional funerals and burial. His concern was for families that where financial burden and culturally confined. Ultimately his desire was to see more individuals embrace the spirituality connection with cremation. This book evolved after countless hours of prayer and mediation. 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

One Nation Under God

Autore: Marjorie Garber
Editore: Routledge
ISBN: 1135207844
Grandezza: 10,14 MB
Formato: PDF
Vista: 4236

One Nation Under God? is a remarkable consideration of how religion manifests itself in America today.

The Columbia History Of Post World War Ii America

Autore: Mark C Carnes
Editore: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231511809
Grandezza: 55,66 MB
Formato: PDF, Kindle
Vista: 6075

Beginning with an analysis of cultural themes and ending with a discussion of evolving and expanding political and corporate institutions, The Columbia History of Post-World War II America addresses changes in America's response to the outside world; the merging of psychological states and social patterns in memorial culture, scandal culture, and consumer culture; the intersection of social practices and governmental policies; the effect of technological change on society and politics; and the intersection of changing belief systems and technological development, among other issues. Many had feared that Orwellian institutions would crush the individual in the postwar era, but a major theme of this book is the persistence of individuality and diversity. Trends toward institutional bigness and standardization have coexisted with and sometimes have given rise to a countervailing pattern of individualized expression and consumption. Today Americans are exposed to more kinds of images and music, choose from an infinite variety of products, and have a wide range of options in terms of social and sexual arrangements. In short, they enjoy more ways to express their individuality despite the ascendancy of immense global corporations, and this volume imaginatively explores every facet of this unique American experience.

Old Diary Leaves 1874 1878

Autore: Henry Steel Olcott
Grandezza: 19,59 MB
Formato: PDF, Mobi
Vista: 8888

History Of Modern Cremation In Romania

Autore: Marius Rotar
Editore: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443845426
Grandezza: 70,91 MB
Formato: PDF, Kindle
Vista: 4631

Cremation, as a means of managing the post-mortem body, was reintroduced to Europe at the end of the eighteenth century, but would not become common practice until the second half of the nineteenth century. This was a major development, with multifaceted implications which generated heated debate. Initially, armed with a variety of arguments (hygienic, economic, aesthetic, and philosophical arguments citing freedom of conscience and will) the advocates of modern cremation – who tended to come from the social and cultural elite – sought to impose their new model. This brought them into conflict with the traditional structures and patterns of burial, and thus with the Church, which had of course originally ended the practice of cremation. The present study is a history of cremation in Romania, beginning with the emergence of cremationist ideas in 1867 and taking the reader up to the present day. It analyses the following key periods: the second half of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, the Interwar period (Romania then being the first Orthodox country in the world to possess a crematorium, which provoked a vehement reaction against cremation on part of the Orthodox Church), the Communist period (when no new crematoria were built even though the Communist regime proclaimed itself to be atheist), and the post-Communist period.

The Corpse

Autore: Christine Quigley
Editore: McFarland
ISBN: 147661377X
Grandezza: 75,38 MB
Formato: PDF, Docs
Vista: 8857

Throughout the centuries, different cultures have established a variety of procedures for handling and disposing of corpses. Often the methods are directly associated with the deceased’s position in life, such as a pharaoh’s mummification in Egypt or the cremation of a Buddhist. Treatment by the living of the dead over time and across cultures is the focus of study. Burial arrangements and preparations are detailed, including embalming, the funeral service, storage and transport of the body, and forms of burial. Autopsies and the investigative process of causes of deliberate death are fully covered. Preservation techniques such as cryonic suspension and mummification are discussed, as well as a look at the “recycling” of the corpse through organ donation, donation to medicine, animal scavengers, cannibalism, and, of course, natural decay and decomposition. Mistreatments of a corpse are also covered.

Mortuary Monuments And Burial Grounds Of The Historic Period

Autore: H. C. Mytum
Editore: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780306480751
Grandezza: 14,28 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub, Docs
Vista: 4932

This practical volume focuses on the study of historic burial ground monuments but also covers some below ground archaeology, as some projects will involve the study of both. It will be an incomparable source for academic archaeologists, cultural resource and heritage management archaeologists, government heritage agencies, and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students of archaeology focused on the historic or post-medieval period, as well as forensic researchers and anthropologists.

Funeral Management And Costs A World Survey Of Burial And Cremation

Autore: Quincey Lamartine Dowd
Grandezza: 50,96 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub
Vista: 2413

Mortal Remains

Autore: Nancy Isenberg
Editore: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812208064
Grandezza: 51,75 MB
Formato: PDF
Vista: 6312

Mortal Remains introduces new methods of analyzing death and its crucial meanings over a 240-year period, from 1620 to 1860, untangling its influence on other forms of cultural expression, from religion and politics to race relations and the nature of war. In this volume historians and literary scholars join forces to explore how, in a medically primitive and politically evolving environment, mortality became an issue that was inseparable from national self-definition. Attempting to make sense of their suffering and loss while imagining a future of cultural permanence and spiritual value, early Americans crafted metaphors of death in particular ways that have shaped the national mythology. As the authors show, the American fascination with murder, dismembered bodies, and scenes of death, the allure of angel sightings, the rural cemetery movement, and the enshrinement of George Washington as a saintly father, constituted a distinct sensibility. Moreover, by exploring the idea of the vanishing Indian and the brutality of slavery, the authors demonstrate how a culture of violence and death had an early effect on the American collective consciousness. Mortal Remains draws on a range of primary sources—from personal diaries and public addresses, satire and accounts of sensational crime—and makes a needed contribution to neglected aspects of cultural history. It illustrates the profound ways in which experiences with death and the imagery associated with it became enmeshed in American society, politics, and culture.