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A hinge - cap casket differs from the half couch only in the placement of the
hinges on the molding and paneling , and a lift - lid casket has a removable cover
that can be taken off and placed against the wall until time for closure .
In the mountains today , the casket is carried by the pallbearers from the hearse
to the open grave , where it remains until burial takes place . The service , which
is a committal ceremony , is shorter than it was in the past and a sermon is rare .
casket even in cases of disfigurement from accidents and debilitating diseases .
Caskets are opened at the graveside at the request of family members or when
the funeral has been held elsewhere and the body was shipped to the mountains
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Death and dying in central Appalachia: changing attitudes and practicesUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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 ... Read full review
Familism Neighborliness and the Death Watch
Preparation of the Body
Burial Receptacles and Grave Digging
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