3122) Victorian Death and Mourning Traditions

Much of the 19th century was known as the Victorian period and was so named during the 60-year reign of  England’s Queen Victoria.  Her influence was also evidenced in American death and mourning practices.  A subject avoided today, death was very much a part of daily life in the Victorian era.  Explore preparation of the home and deceased, the wake, funeral service, internment, park cemeteries, grave stone symbolism, and post-mortem photography.  Even after a loved one had passed, mourning would continue for years.  By the 20th century, many of these practices started to fade.