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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.

“Full Military Honors”: Ceremonial Interment as Sacred Compact
“Full military honors”: Ceremonial interment as sacred compact


If Ulysses S. Grant was correct in his observation that unattended, uncared for, and unconnected to others. “war is hell!” then soldiers live on the edge of hell. Soldiers cannot easily accommodate or assimilate the The warrior's duty is to wage war or be prepared to do prospect of their abandoned bodies lying in desolation, so. Behind the facade of military parade pageantry and the subject to desecration, deterioration, desiccation, or disinpomp and circumstance of formal reviews and ceremonies; tegration. Confronted with this foreboding scenario, sol-behind the military bands blaring martial music, the shrill diers enter into an unspoken, but ...

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