Funeral Practices in History

For this week’s #TBT, I decided to give you all a little morbid fun!

Gibbs:
He stay at your place?

Abby:
Yup.

Gibbs:
You sleep in the coffin, McGee?

McGee:
Coffin? You said that it was a box sofa bed.

Abby:
Well… it is! Sort of…

McGee:
That’s why you wouldn’t turn the lights on. I can’t believe I just slept in a coffin.

Abby:
…Not just slept.

Bibliography/Source:  “NCIS , Season 1 Quotes.” Quotes.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 4 Feb. 2015. <http://www.quotes.net/show-quote/58221>.

Onto the links!

When I was living in North Carolina and going to grad school, I learned about Decoration Day (it’s what prompted this blog). Here’s a review to a book called Decoration Day in the Mountains: Traditions of Cemetery Decoration in the Southern Appalachianshttp://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=30450

History of the African American funeral service: http://www.woodsvalentinemortuary.com/The_History_of_African-American_Funeral_Service_320351.html

A more general guide to American cemeteries and such: http://www.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/nrb41/nrb41_5.htm

From the National Museum of Funeral History: http://www.nmfh.org/exhibits/mourning/info.php

“I ain’t afraid of no ghost” (Ray Parker, Jr.): http://friendsofoakgrovecemetery.org/victorian-funeral-customs-fears-and-superstitions/

A quick overview of burial practices in ancient times: http://www.ancient.eu/burial/

Another great quickie overview site: http://sellersfuneralhome.com/pages/services/historic.html

I think it’s interesting that I’m seeing funeral homes incorporating the history of funerals and burial practices on their websites: http://bartonfuneral.com/funeral-basics/history-of-funerals/

From the online Encyclopedia of Death and Dying:

http://www.deathreference.com/Bl-Ce/Cemeteries-and-Cemetery-Reform.html

http://www.deathreference.com/En-Gh/Funeral-Industry.html

Some random book I found–The History of Death: Burial Customs and Funeral Rites, from the Ancient World to Modern Times http://www.amazon.com/The-History-Death-Customs-Funeral/dp/1599212013

Chapter IV (in/via Sacred Texts): Wakes, Mutes, Wailers, Sin-Eating, Totemism, Death-Taxes http://www.sacred-texts.com/etc/fcod/fcod07.htm

Egypt (of course): http://www.carnegiemnh.org/online/egypt/funerarycustoms.html

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