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Parting WaysNew Rituals and Celebrations of Life's Passing$
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Denise Carson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520251083

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520251083.001.0001

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Her Twenty-First-Century Memorial Service, His Twentieth-Century Funeral

Her Twenty-First-Century Memorial Service, His Twentieth-Century Funeral

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(p.183) Nine Her Twenty-First-Century Memorial Service, His Twentieth-Century Funeral
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Parting Ways
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Denise Carson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520251083.003.0010

The author, in this chapter, recollects some of her memories of her parents' death. She presents a bad experience she had with the employees who came from the funeral home to take her mother's body for cremation. She felt disturbed by the way the employees disrobed her mother. The author expresses how she was shocked at the disrespectful treatment given of her mother's body. Even though her mother is taken away, the author felt as if the funeral home employees just took away the glove of her mother, not the hand. The hand, her spirit, would live on in her memories, the author states. The thoughts of her mother also bring to the author the memories of her father's funeral. The author was not informed of her father's death by her mother as she did not want the author to fly home on her own from Kauai where the author was staying. However, she remembers that she had got the feeling of the death of her father in the form of a wooden cross that washed up on the beach in Hanalei Bay, Kauai.

Keywords:   cremation, Mom, spirit, death, funeral

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