From Library Journal
Crissman (sociology, Illinois Benedictine Coll.) presents a scholarly investigation of the funeral customs of the Central Appalachian region. The author maintains that the isolation and inaccessibility of this mountainous area contributed to a culture characterized by close kinship ties that "gave rise to a distinctive relationship with death that allowed for honor and dignity for the deceased and grieving and comfort for the survivors." His research is based on a careful review of the literature, which is well documented in the book's extensive notes and bibliography, and on interviews with elderly inhabitants of the region. Traditional customs as well as modern practices involving the preparation of the body, the funeral service, and burial rites are examined. Recommended for Appalachian and thanatological studies collections. Eloise R. Hitchcock, Tennessee Technological Univ. Lib., Cookeville
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"An engrossing examination of death and funeral beliefs and customs in one American region ... [as well as] their background in older cultures." -- Loyal Jones, past director of the Berea College Appalachian Center