The Final Passage Rituals for Separating from Life

Jacqueline S. Thursby

in Funeral Festivals in America

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780813123806
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134949 | DOI:
The Final Passage Rituals for Separating from Life

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This chapter examines the rituals for death or the process of separating from life in the U.S. It explains that in a culture as diverse as the U.S., the rituals for separating from life are also diverse and distinct and that a commonality often referred to only lies in the analogy of death and sleep. It suggests that the three categories of funeral rites have metamorphosed into a different schema in the individualistic American culture and the vanity-driven culture has turned people inward making them resistant to generalized traditions. It presents observations on how an American family deal with last illness and the death of a loved one.

Keywords: death rituals; U.S.; culture; funeral rites; traditions

Chapter.  5744 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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