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In some cases , family members constructed a coffin when a person was thought
to be dying , only to have that person survive . During an epidemic or plague ,
people hurriedly built coffins and kept them ready for those expected to die .
Only in rare instances in contemporary central Appalachia is a coffin constructed
by someone in the community rather than purchased from a funeral home . Today
, hardwood caskets are employed most often for interment , but those ...
They were usually constructed in family cemeteries in rural areas . Most covered
little more than the length and width of the burial spot , and all were designed to
retard the falling rain , sleet , and snow . The majority were enclosed so that ...
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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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