Death grief poverty britain by Julie-Marie Strange

By Julie-Marie Strange

It's been assumed that the terrible in Victorian and Edwardian Britain didn't mourn their lifeless as a result of excessive mortality premiums. Contesting this technique, Julie-Marie unusual stories the expression of grief one of the operating classification, demonstrating that poverty increased--rather than deadened--it. She illustrates the mourning practices of the operating periods via chapters addressing care of the corpse, the funeral, the cemetery, commemoration, and excessive child mortality charges. The publication attracts upon fiction, journalism, and reliable reviews in addition to own testimony.

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There is a danger, however, of confusing a familiarity with death with a devalued appreciation of life. 23 Woodward’s story indicates the candour and humour with which the young might treat the prospect of decay when death was regarded as a distant phenomenon. In practice, however, confrontations with death were inextricable from a multitude of complex emotions, ranging from shock, disgust and fear to relief and desolation. Indeed, the very notion of familiarity with death was (and is) subject to multiple interpretations.

J. London, The People of the Abyss (London: T. Nelson & Sons, 1903), 87. Bolton Oral History Transcript (BOHT), Tape 166, Reference: AL/LSS/A/007. R. Johnson, Old Road: A Lancashire Childhood, 1912–1926 (Manchester: E. J. Morten, 1974). 16 In this context, it is hardly surprising that during her survey of ironworkers’ families in Middlesbrough (1907), Lady Florence Bell was horrified at the frankness with which friends and relatives treated impending death. 17 Such candour was shocking to Bell yet the example also suggests that, for some families at least, a brusque attitude towards death was matched by bitter awareness that environmental circumstances fostered and compounded poor health.

Destiny Obscure: Autobiographies of Childhood, Education and Family from the 1820s to the 1920s (London: Allen Lane, 1982), 308. Life, sickness and death 35 had done to deserve such suffering. 40 In her capacity as a district nurse, Margaret Loane witnessed numerous deathbed scenes among the working classes. Writing of her experiences before 1910, Loane was moved to recall an ‘especially sad’ case of a man, aged twenty-three, who had cancer in his face: ‘Just a lad like thousands of others, neither better nor worse, and this awful tragedy come into his life!

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