By Keith R. Lindsay

ISBN-10: 1429498463

ISBN-13: 9781429498463

ISBN-10: 1905745001

ISBN-13: 9781905745005

Filled with anecdotes at the most eldritch funerals and ultimate resting locations across the world, this guidebook is a tongue-in-cheek romp to a side of lifestyles that frightens most folk. Discussing the burial practices of the past—from the embalming practices of historic Egyptians to the funeral pyres utilized in India—while taking a look heavily at how loss of life and funeral providers are practiced this present day, this humorously macabre consultant solutions questions corresponding to what sort of get together will be held at a funeral rite? Who can be invited to talk? should still plants be despatched? and What track may be performed? a full of life dialogue at the historical past of being buried alive and 10 principles on the right way to cease it from taking place to you is usually integrated.

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This was apparently a necessary measure to make sure the sneaky beggar was really dead – they’d obviously been caught out that way before. This three-day waiting time could be shortened, however, due to mitigating circumstances, such as the smell. In both England and Ireland the mourners or corpse watchers of some of the less powerful dead (you wouldn’t dare take liberties with corpses whose relatives could have bits of you lopped off) seem to have come up with an amusing way of passing the lonely night hours; they liked to mess about a bit with their charge, imitating the deceased’s voice and calling to the family.

The Americans apparently bury or burn some 60 million feet of mainly hardwood yearly. That’s a lot of trees no longer producing oxygen, which the dead no longer need, admittedly. 5 million tons of reinforced concrete per year. Oh and over 800,000 gallons of embalming fluid, since along with Canada embalming is routine in the US. Why not choose a biodegradable coffin to complement your biodegradable body? (Well, most of most people’s bodies anyway. There are gold/silver teeth, plastic hips, prosthetic limbs, glass eyes, metal pins used to secure broken bones and sundry items that have accidentally or otherwise found their way inside the human body that have to be considered.

In more recent times the Reverend Schwartz asked for his favourite hymn to be sung at his funeral and was then heard singing along from inside the coffin, and apparently the Bishop of the Greek island of Lesbos spent two days lying in state before asking one of the mourners filing past him what they were queuing for. Of course, these people were the lucky ones (except for the Iona monk). They lived to tell the tale, and no doubt endlessly. Others were not so lucky, many others it seems. Although we only have evidence long after the fact, as it were.

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