And in the End: A Guide to the World's Weirdest Funerals by Keith R. Lindsay

By Keith R. Lindsay

Packed with anecdotes at the most unearthly funerals and ultimate resting locations internationally, this guidebook is a tongue-in-cheek romp to a facet of existence that frightens most folks. Discussing the burial practices of the past—from the embalming practices of old Egyptians to the funeral pyres utilized in India—while having a look heavily at how dying and funeral prone are practiced this present day, this humorously macabre consultant solutions questions corresponding to what sort of social gathering can be held at a funeral rite? Who will be invited to talk? should still plants be despatched? and What track will be performed? a full of life dialogue at the historical past of being buried alive and 10 rules on find out how to cease it from occurring to you is usually integrated.

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So what has this to do with funerals? Well, the purpose of Purgatory wasn’t simply to scare the people into being pious, it was a nice little earner too. It worked something like this: the fact that you were going to Purgatory was a given, but the length of time you spent there and the length of your scrotum when you finally left were negotiable. By doing a little repenting of your sins, living a good life and making a bona mors, or good death, you could earn a sizeable remission to your sentence.

Thankfully the advertising slogan has come on a little since then. The Victorians, and those who jumped the gun before them it seems, were frequently fooled by comas, the plague, smallpox, and, most commonly, catalepsy or cholera, any of which might render the body motionless and apparently breathless. And given the highly contagious nature of cholera you can understand why they might have been a little overanxious to plant the victim. indd 41 20/9/06 11:30:55 am And In The End So mistakes happened, and this was possibly not helped by the fact that doctors didn’t necessarily have to view the body to pronounce death.

Thankfully the rest of the world was not quite so regimented in their funeral practices as the Victorians. Little black dresses: Maybe we should consider bringing back mourning clothes, at least for the ladies. No, hear me out, for one thing you know you look good in black, it’s figure flattering after all, and for another it would save you the dreadful decision over what to wear for the next 12 months after hubby has died and hence the possible embarrassment of being branded the Merry Widow.

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