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The " viewing , " as the wake is termed today , generally lasts from about 6 P . M .
to 9 – 10 P . M . The viewing today is still a social event . There is a chance to see
friends one hasn ' t seen in years , show respect for the deceased and the ...
Instead of singling out sinners for salvation , most pastors today wish to comfort
the survivors without playing on their emotions . When the sermon ended , there
was a prayer and song . The time of the final viewing depended upon the wishes
When there was no final viewing , someone permanently attached the lid with
nails or screws . In later years , hinges and latches were used . In contemporary
central Appalachia , a prayer and music usually follow the funeral sermon .
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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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