Changing Ways of Death in Twentieth-century Australia: War, Medicine, and the Funeral Business
Death and bereavement come to us all. This is the first book to help us explain and understand their history across twentieth-century Australia. It draws aside the veil of silence that surrounded death for fifty years after 1918—characterized by denial, minimal ritual and private sorrow—and explores the dramatic changes since the 1980s. Emotional and compelling, award-winning writer Pat Jalland's important book looks at the World Wars and the impact of medicine, with many stories drawn from letters and diaries. She also discusses cancer, euthanasia, palliative care, the funeral business, cemeteries and cremation.
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Introduction The world we have lost
Death denial and silent grief
The two world wars and denial of death
The Great War Heroic deaths and distant graves
The silent heartache of the Great War
Private and secular grief Katharine susannah Prichard
Airmen missing presumed dead Without emotion without witness without farewell
The horrible nightmare of prisoners of war in the AsiaPacific
Euthanasia and the doctors
Palliative care and the hospice movement
The funeral business cemeteries and cremation
The funeral business in Australia A racket in human sorrow?
Overcrowded burial grounds modern lawn cemeteries and mausolea
Cremation in Australia since 1914
The second cultural shift
The revival of expressive grief
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