By Kate Sweeney
Someone dies. What occurs next?
One kin inters their matriarch’s ashes at the flooring of the sea. one other holds a memorial weenie roast every year at a greenburial cemetery. An 1898 advert for embalming fluid can provide, “You could make mummies with it!” whereas a number one modern burial vault is touted as impervious to the weather. A grieving mom, one hundred fifty years in the past, may spend her days tending a backyard at her daughter’s grave. at the present time, she could have a tendency the roadside memorial she erected on the spot her daughter used to be killed. One mom wears a locket containing her daughter’s hair; the opposite, a necklace containing her ashes.
What occurs after anyone dies is dependent upon our own tales and on the place these tales fall in a bigger tale—that of dying in the US. It’s a strong story that we frequently retain hidden from our daily lives till we need to face it.
American Afterlife through Kate Sweeney unearths this global via a collective portrait of usa citizens prior and current who locate themselves individually concerned with dying: a klatch of obit writers within the barren region, a funeral voyage at the Atlantic, a fourth-generation funeral director—even a midwestern museum that takes us again in time to satisfy our deathobsessed Victorian progenitors. every one tale illuminates information in one other until eventually anything greater is printed: a panorama that feels instantly unusual and accepted, one that’s by means of turns extraordinary, tragic, poignant, and occasionally even funny.
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