The Archives and Funerals
Posted by Tenby on May 12, 1998 at 23:20:33:
I have tried to use the search engine to look in the archives for information on Regency funerals, using the keyword "Funerals," but came up with nothing. Am I doing something wrong?
If there has been no discussion of this topic, could someone give me some direction to a book(s) that would deal with this subject? I have learned a few particulars, but still would like to know: (1) was it the custom for the coffin to lay somewhere in the house before the funeral and for "viewing" to take place; (2) after the actual funeral, did the family partake of a large (or otherwise) meal with other mourners, as is common in some cultures? (3) what would be the common number of days between a death and the actual burial? [Somewhere I recently read that a body was sent home for burial soaked in wine as a preservative! I think it might have been Lord Nelson's]. If the body needed to be buried more quickly than today, I suppose this would preclude people traveling from any great distance to attend the funeral.
Any help anyone could give me on this topic would be very appreciated.
-- Tenby = )
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