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Dying is a social as well as physiological phenomenon. Each society characterizes and, consequently, treats death and dying in its own individual ways—ways that differ markedly. These particular patterns of death and dying engender modal cultural responses, and such institutionalized behavior has familiar, economical, educational, religious, and political implications. The Handbook of Death and Dying takes stock of the vast literature in the field.

Pet Burial in the United States
Pet burial in the United States

Dog that is born of bitch hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and is cut down like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay.

This chapter is a description of the pet burial industry in Western cultures and of the ongoing work and interaction found in typical pet cemeteries in the United States. Information was initially collected in the late 1970s using traditional library research and participant observation techniques in which I was able to observe interaction from my role as pet cemetery caretaker. I updated the body of observations again in 1995 and most recently, using Internet ...

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