The Public Outcry for Funeral Reform (A History)
December 20, 2010

Diverging from the mythical story line which held the American way to be the most advanced, [Reverend Quincy L.] Dowd implies in the book “Funeral Management and Costs: A World Survey of Burial and Cremation” published in 1921] that America’s practices are actually backward and in desperate need of rehabbing. When he talks about the economics of death, and especially the burden placed on the middle and lower classes by the high cost of funerals, he raises questions about the wisdom of how people actually want to dispose of their dead.

There were many similar published studies in the first half of the twentieth century which essentially said the same thing. The common people are not making the right choices when their loved ones die.

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