Death in the Victorian Family

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This engrossing book explores family experiences of dying, death, grieving, and mourning in the years between 1830 and 1920. So many Victorian letters, diaries, and death memorials reveal a deep preoccupation with death which is both fascinating and enlightening. Pat Jalland has examined the correspondence, diaries, and death memorials of fifty-five families to show us deathbed scenes of the time, good and bad deaths, the roles of medicine and religion, children's deaths, funerals and cremations, widowhood, and ...
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This engrossing book explores family experiences of dying, death, grieving, and mourning in the years between 1830 and 1920. So many Victorian letters, diaries, and death memorials reveal a deep preoccupation with death which is both fascinating and enlightening. Pat Jalland has examined the correspondence, diaries, and death memorials of fifty-five families to show us deathbed scenes of the time, good and bad deaths, the roles of medicine and religion, children's deaths, funerals and cremations, widowhood, and mourning rituals.
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"This is by far the best account we have of elite Victorian attitudes toward dying and death....[It is] a book rich in telling detail, sensitive to its subjects, a very important contribution to a growing literature on death and dying."--Victorian Studies

"...in both depth and breadth this is a valuable contribution to Victorian social history, revealing the rich diversities and intriguing implications in the social construction of a universal and inevitable physiological process."--American Historical Review

"Well conceived, organized, and written..."--Choice

"This book deserves a wide audience for its thoughtful and thoroughly professional approach to a topic of vital contemporary concern and interest."--The Catholic Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198201885
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/5/1996
  • Pages: 476
  • Lexile: 1610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Jalland is Associate Professor of History at Murdoch University, WA. From 27 January 1997 she will be Professor of History at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University. Her books include Women, Marriage, and Politics 1860-1914, which won the non-fiction prize in the 1987 Western Australia Week Literary Awards.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
Introduction 1
1 The Evangelical Ideal of the 'Good Death' 17
2 The Revival and Decline of the Good Christian Death 39
3 Bad Deaths, Sudden Deaths, and Suicides 59
4 Death and the Victorian Doctors 77
5 Nurses, Consultants, and Terminal Prognoses 98
6 'That Little Company of Angels': The Tragedies of Children's Deaths 119
7 Death in Old Age 143
8 In Search of the Good Death: Death in the Gladstone and Lyttelton Families 1835-1915 161
9 Funeral Reform and the Cremation Debate 194
10 The Funeral Week 210
11 Widows: Gendered Experiences of Widowhood 230
12 Widowers: Gendered Experiences of Widowhood 251
13 Christian Consolations and Heavenly Reunions 265
14 The Consolations of Memory 284
15 Rituals of Sorrow: Mourning-Dress and Condolence Letters 300
16 Chronic and Abnormal Grief: Queen Victoria, Lady Frederick Cavendish, and Emma Haden 318
17 'A Solitude beyond the Reach of God or Man': Victorian Agnostics and Death 339
18 Epilogue. After the Victorians: Social Memory, Spiritualism, and the Great War 358
Notes 382
Location of Manuscript Collections 443
Index 447
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