A Better Place: Death and Burial in Nineteenth-Century by Susan Smart

By Susan Smart

A greater position describes the practices round demise and burial in 19th-century Ontario. Funeral rituals, robust spiritual ideals, and a company conviction that dying was once a starting no longer an finish helped the bereaved via their occasions of loss in a century the place loss of life used to be regularly shut at hand.

The e-book describes the pioneer funeral intimately in addition to the standards that modified this easy funeral into the flowery etiquette-driven Victorian funeral on the finish of the century. It comprises the resources of assorted funeral customs, together with the origins of embalming that gave upward push to the modern day funeral parlour. The evolution of cemeteries is defined with the beginnings of cemeteries in particular cities given as examples.

An realizing of those altering burial rites, lots of which would look unusual to us at the present time, is helpful for the relatives historian. furthermore, the ebook comprises functional feedback for locating dying and burial documents in the course of the century.

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In his book “Schlaf und Tod” (“Sleep and death”, no English translation), Splittgerber reported the “symptoms” of people who had been in a state of apparent death. Among others he described noise, like the sound of bells, a noisy river, or the pitching of rods by helpers reported by a man who fell through the ice. ” There are also cases with a “prophetic talent”, feelings of fear, visual phenomena like seeing a white garment, or a “panoramic view” of life, in which memories of life’s events occur in fast motion.

He postulated a world soul and a strict dualism of body and soul. The two exist in parallel, but also in a continual relationship of dependence. Such views influenced medical theories, like the theory of exogenous and endogenous nerve diseases due to the German neurologist Paul Julius Möbius (born 1853, Leipzig, died 1907, Leipzig). Möbius met Fechner in Leipzig and was heavily influenced by his ideas. These ideas particularly influenced physicians who dealt with psychology, which had not yet become a subject in its own right.

38 Near-Death Experiences Fig. 15 “The precipitated inhumation”, painting by the Belgian painter Antoine Joseph Wiertz. (Born 1806, Dinant; died 1865, Ixelles), Antoine-Wiertz Museum Brussels After studying medicine, he practised in Weimar and became the personal doctor of the Grand Duke of Weimar, Karl August (born 1757, Weimar; died 1828, Graditz). The influential poets Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (born 1749, Frankfurt/Main, died 1832, Weimar) and Friedrich Schiller (born 1759, Marbach; died 1805, Weimar) were among his patients.

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