Death in the Victorian Family

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Oxford University Press, 1996 - Family & Relationships - 464 pages
This enthralling book explores the experience of dying, death, grieving, and mourning in the years between 1830-1920. Drawing upon the abundance of Victorian letters, diaries, and death memorials, Pat Jalland explores the many aspects of death in the Victorian family including issues around children's deaths, funerals and cremations, widowhood, mourning rituals, and the roles of medicine and religion within society. This reveals a most fascinating and enlightening preoccupation with death, indicating that the Victorians have much to teach contemporary society in their practical and compassionate treatment of bereavement.
 

Contents

The Evangelical Ideal of the Good Death
17
The Revival and Decline of the Good Christian Death
39
Bad Deaths Sudden Deaths and Suicides
59
Death and the Victorian Doctors
77
Nurses Consultants and Terminal Prognoses
98
That Little Company of Angels The Tragedies of Childrens Deaths
119
Death in Old Age
143
In Search of Good Death Death in the Gladstone and Lyttelton Families 18351915
161
Widows Gendered Experiences of Widowhood
230
Widowers Gendered Experiences of Widowhood
251
Christian Consolations and Heavenly Reunions
265
The Consolations of Memory
284
Rituals of Sorrow MourningDress and Condolence Letters
300
Chronic and Abnormal Grief Queen Victoria Lady Frederick Cavendish and Emma Haden
318
A Solitude beyond the Reach of God or Man Victorian Agnostics and Death
339
Epilogue After the Victorians Social Memory Spiritualism and the Great War
358

GRIEF AND MOURNING
191
Introduction to Part II
193
Funeral Reform and the Cremation Debate
194
The Funeral Week
210
Notes
382
Location of Manuscript Collections
443
Index
447
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