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.
Chapter 95: Cemetery Regulation in the United States
Depending on the definition (Burek 1994), there exist at least 23,000 cemeteries in the United States or as many as 200,000.1 Cemeteries are not monolithic in structure but are organized in a variety of ways, from private notfor-profit entities to religious, municipal, and fraternal cemeteries and for-profit corporations. It is important to understand the legal structure of a particular cemetery because that affects the extent to which it is subject to government regulation. For example, religious, municipal, and ...