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By Kate Sweeney

An individual dies. What occurs next?

One relatives inters their matriarch's ashes at the ground of the sea. one other holds a memorial weenie roast every year at a greenburial cemetery. An 1898 advert for embalming fluid gives you, "You could make mummies with it!" whereas a number one modern burial vault is touted as impervious to the weather. A grieving mom, one hundred fifty years in the past, may spend her days tending a backyard at her daughter's grave. at the present time, she may perhaps have a tendency the roadside memorial she erected on the spot her daughter used to be killed. One mom wears a locket containing her daughter's hair; the opposite, a necklace containing her ashes.

What occurs after an individual dies is determined by our own tales and on the place these tales fall in a bigger tale—that of dying in the United States. It's a robust story that we frequently continue hidden from our daily lives till we need to face it.

American Afterlife by way of Kate Sweeney finds this international via a collective portrait of american citizens prior and current who locate themselves in my opinion concerned with loss of life: a klatch of obit writers within the wasteland, a funeral voyage at the Atlantic, a fourth-generation funeral director—even a midwestern museum that takes us again in time to satisfy our deathobsessed Victorian progenitors. each one tale illuminates info in one other till whatever greater is printed: a panorama that feels without delay unusual and ordinary, one that's by means of turns extraordinary, tragic, poignant, and occasionally even humorous.

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