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.