Funeral Practices in History

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

He stay at your place?


You sleep in the coffin, McGee?

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

Well… it is! Sort of…

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

…Not just slept.

Bibliography/Source:  “NCIS , Season 1 Quotes.” STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 4 Feb. 2015. <>.

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 Appalachians

History of the African American funeral service:

A more general guide to American cemeteries and such:

From the National Museum of Funeral History:

“I ain’t afraid of no ghost” (Ray Parker, Jr.):

A quick overview of burial practices in ancient times:

Another great quickie overview site:

I think it’s interesting that I’m seeing funeral homes incorporating the history of funerals and burial practices on their websites:

From the online Encyclopedia of Death and Dying:

Some random book I found–The History of Death: Burial Customs and Funeral Rites, from the Ancient World to Modern Times

Chapter IV (in/via Sacred Texts): Wakes, Mutes, Wailers, Sin-Eating, Totemism, Death-Taxes

Egypt (of course):


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