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Grave Topics: 17th, 18th, 19th Century Funeral and Burial Customs and Superstitions

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Learn some strange and fascinating facts about burial and funeral customs in earlier centuries including the origin of wakes, the ringing of bells and the lighting candles to honor the dead. We will look at how the dead were cared for and the types of illnesses an individual could have died from during these eras. How were funeral cards and mourning rings and jewelry used? Find out how long certain people had to be in mourning after a death. What did a funeral cost in the 18th century? What were some of the Victorian death and funeral superstitions? This class will answer these questions and much more. Join me to look at some humorous, strange or otherwise unusual gravestones and cemeteries around the world including a look into “art” in death, otherwise known as the crafts, music, and hobbies that have evolved around death, graves, and cemeteries. Pre-requisite Recommended: Understanding Tombstone Symbols from the Past.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Tue, Thu

Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa

Laurie Taylor 

CEUs : 1.44

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Registration Closes On
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
8/28/2018 - 9/6/2018 Weekly - Tue, Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Coralville, Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa  Map, Room: 314 Laurie Taylor