Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts a History of Burial by Penny Colman This book beautifully outlines most of the basic history of all subjects. They also cover what happens more then some of the other books I have read. This book is really fascinating, as I ear marked quite a few topics for discussion in future blog posts. I highly recommend this book for a good oversight into the world of burials. There is a nice reference list, bibliography, and definitions section. 5/5 Coffins for depth of information. Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Corpses-Coffins-Crypts-byColman-Colman/dp/B004X7EN54/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1515775572&sr=8-3&keywords=corpses+coffins+and+crypts
A History of Mourning (Funerals,Death and Lamentations) by Richard Davey
SAVE YOURSELF! Don't even bother. This book killed me with in the first few pages. He has no citations, no references, no bibliography, no nothing! I do not even know how this book passed an editor! I tried to push through for you, my fans, but I finally gave up after page 12. Save your money, save yourself the time.
0/5 Coffins- I think he actually owes me one on this.
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
Hilarity ensues! This is a tough field of work for anyone, especially in a man's job. The author not only has taken on stereotypes, but a job most people would never work. Her stories are direct from the mouth, and heart. If you want an inside look into the world of the crematory then this book is for you. It will warm your heart, and help you put your mind at ease in a lot of ways. There is even an awesome book club and discussion pages for this book.
This book is to be expected, fairly dry and to the point. There is a lot of history in this book. He covers a lot of regions and time lines in a very limited amount of page space, 187 to be exact. He does give quite a lot of references in his Bibliography which one can use to follow up and read more In depth on subjects that may have peaked your interests. There is a fair amount of pictures that help you see what he means and what he is talking about. It is a good coverall type book. And actually very easy to read. Though I would have liked a little more expanded like his covering of Christianity and Catholic traditions.
4/5 Coffins for information
Amazon Listing: https://www.amazon.com/History-Death-Customs-Funeral-Ancient/dp/1599212013/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1514851118&sr=8-1&keywords=the+history+of+death Death
Mor·tal·i·ty môrˈtalədē/ noun noun: mortality; plural noun: mortalities 1. the state of being subject to death.
2. death, especially on a large scale.
Mortality and death are fairly synonymous with one another. We all die some time, everything that lives dies. It is how we deal with facing that fear of our own deaths that set us apart. Until recent decades and the advancement of medical practices, death was an every day occurrence, and not a taboo subject. Sex was the taboo, heaven forbid a woman showed her ankle! It wasn't until recently that the tables flipped and sex became the everyday in your face subject that it is, and the mystery of death has become taboo.
Can you imagine going to the cemetery for the day to sit among the graves of your ancestors for Sunday lunch? Most people would shriek if this was the idea of a normal Sunday, but back not to long ago, the cemetery was the happening place to spend the afternoon.
There were rules and etiquette you were required to follow, or you were a horrible family member in the eyes of your communities. Today people ask why go to a funeral, the person it is for is dead. Though funerals are not really for the dead, they are for closure for the surviving members of that family. Etiquette says you go to support the living in their time of grief.
So where do our funerary practices, traditions, and etiquette really come from? How did medicine and the medical practice changes increase our mortality rate? Why are we so spell bound by the morbid, and repulsed by mortality? That is what we hope to answer here at the Museum of Mortality. We hope that we can help you stand in the face of your own mortality, remove the eww factor, and lift the veil of mystery that surrounds death, the dying, and the dead. Follow our blog, favorite our website and facebook page, and shop our Mercantile to help support us on this venture into the taboo world of mortality.