By Keith R. Lindsay
Choked with anecdotes at the most eldritch funerals and ultimate resting areas internationally, this guidebook is a tongue-in-cheek romp to a facet 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 having a look heavily at how dying and funeral prone are practiced this present day, this humorously macabre advisor solutions questions corresponding to what sort of social gathering can be held at a funeral rite? Who will be invited to talk? may still vegetation be despatched? and What track could be performed? a full of life dialogue at the historical past of being buried alive and 10 rules on how you can cease it from occurring to you is usually integrated.
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I’m guessing a piercing scream accompanied by a stream of expletives probably meant you were alive. The fear was so strong that many had just such instructions as these written into their wills. indd 42 20/9/06 11:30:55 am Being Buried Before Your Time your last will and testament, since I am only allowed to follow said instructions after your death, which may or may not have happened. ’ The British mystery writer Wilkie Collins, author of The Woman in White, obviously foresaw this problem and sensibly carried his own instructions on how to check if he’d passed on around with him at all times.
I suppose black wasn’t the only colour material in stock. Funeral attire shops spread the length and breadth of the Britain to cater for the extravagance necessary to put on a good show. They were stocked to their high Victorian ceilings with everything from shoes to chapeaux. indd 33 20/9/06 11:30:53 am And In The End the recycling and adapting of old dresses and accessories. And just in case the Old Country considered taking the colonial lead in this, it became considered unlucky to keep crêpe in the house after the mourning period, thereby guaranteeing the re-purchasing of another entire wardrobe of funeral wear the next time a family member passed on.
But I guess you were stung either way. Of course the poor weren’t the only ones in on the prayer franchise; the major shareholders were the Church and they were not going to be bought off with food, shoes or clothes. In fact the fear of the flames led many people to leave their entire estates to the Church in return for prayers and masses. The number of prayers could reach into the thousands, until the money ran out that is. indd 25 20/9/06 11:30:52 am And In The End of the dying even indulged in a little spread betting by paying for the prayer services of several churches simultaneously.