volume 40, issue 1_suppl, P149-168 1992
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-954x.1992.tb03391.x
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Abstract: Since the end of the nineteenth century (in Europe) there has been 'a brutal revolution in traditional attitudes and feelings, (death has) become shameful and forbidden' (Aries, 1975:85). Aries suggests that the change in attitudes was accelerated by the displacement of the site of death between 1930 and 1950. In the United Kingdom during this period the social management of death was largely transferred from the private sphere of the home into the public sphere of the hospital and funeral director. This chap…

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