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This book examines the shifts that have taken place in the funeral industry since 1900, focusing on the figure of the undertaker and exploring how organizational change and attempts to gain recognition as a professional service provider saw the role morph into that of 'funeral director'.
Includes bibliographical references.
Death, the Funeral and the Funeral Director in the Twentieth Century -- From Front Parlour to Funeral Parlour: The Development of the Chapel of Rest and Funeral Home -- Caretaker of the Dead -- Furnishing the Funeral -- Transport to Paradise -- Organisational Change -- Funerals and Finance -- The Newest Profession?
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