Chapter

Looking Forward

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813123806.003.0008
Looking Forward

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This chapter speculates on the future developments of funerary rites and rituals and the commemoration of the dead in the U.S. It mentions a company called Alcor that provides a service to the deceased called cryonic preservation which aim to reverse death by reviving molecular activity in the deceased body. It also highlights the growing popularity of cremation in the U.S. as a way of disposing of human remains.

Keywords: funerary rites; funerary rituals; commemoration; Alcor; cryonic preservation; cremation; U.S.

Chapter.  2732 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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