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By Kate Sweeney

Someone dies. What occurs next?

One kinfolk 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 can provide, “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 possibly spend her days tending a backyard at her daughter’s grave. at the present time, she may well 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 a person dies relies on our own tales and on the place these tales fall in a bigger tale—that of dying in the United States. It’s a strong story that we often retain hidden from our daily lives until eventually we need to face it.

American Afterlife via Kate Sweeney finds this global via a collective portrait of usa citizens previous and current who locate themselves in my view concerned with dying: a klatch of obit writers within the desolate tract, a funeral voyage at the Atlantic, a fourth-generation funeral director—even a midwestern museum that takes us again in time to fulfill our deathobsessed Victorian progenitors. each one tale illuminates info in one other till whatever higher is printed: a panorama that feels instantaneously unusual and typical, one that’s via turns extraordinary, tragic, poignant, and occasionally even funny.

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