Mortuary Science

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"In this first reference book devoted entirely to mortuary science, Szabo presents a thorough bibliographical examination of the funeral industry and related subjects, including even the most specialized area in the field. Most citations are annotated, with special notes on editions and reprints." "Areas covered include autopsy, cremation, burial rites and ceremonies, caskets and vaults, cemeteries, embalming, epitaphs, ethnic customs, funeral dress and apparel, funeral music, funeral reform, grave markers, laws and regulations, liturgies and sermons, memorial societies, organ and body donation, premature burial, pre-need service, restorative art, and several others." The text is organized by subject, with author and title indexes. Five appendixes feature addresses for associations and organizations, information on schools of mortuary science, accreditation procedures and standards of the American Board of Funeral Service Education, periodicals in the field, and a list of state funeral service examining boards.
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An annotated bibliography of books about the several aspects of mortuary science, primarily designed to be of interest to educators and professionals in the field. The coverage is limited to funerary practices in the US, where most of the research as been done. Cites books published 1900-91, noting that because the field has not changed as rapidly as some, many works of several decades ago are still current. Arranged in topical sections and indexed by title. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810827196
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

John F. Szabo ( M.I.L.S., University of Michigan) is Director, Robinson Public Library District, Robinson, IL. Formerly Head Librarian, University of Michigan's Residential College, he has studied the literature of mortuary science for several years.

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Table of Contents

Autopsy 1
Bibliographies 3
Burial Rites and Ceremonies 6
Burial Vaults and Caskets 15
Cemeteries 19
Clergy and the Church 27
Consumer Information 32
Cremation 38
Death Education 43
Disaster Planning 50
Embalming 50
Epitaphs 59
Ethnic Funeral Customs 61
Exhumation 64
Floral Decoration 65
Funeral Costs 66
Funeral Directing 74
Funeral Dress and Apparel 83
Funeral Industry Regulation 84
Funeral Laws and Regulations 88
Funeral Meditations 93
Funeral Music 94
Funeral Reform 95
Funeral Service Management 98
Funeral Services 103
Funeral Transportation 113
Gravemarkers 115
History of Mortuary Science 118
Liturgies and Sermons 124
Memorial Societies 129
Mortuary Science Education 130
Occupational Health and Safety 133
Organ and Body Donation 135
Premature Burial (Vivisepulture) 137
Pre-need Service 138
Professional Associations 141
Psychology of the Funeral 142
Restorative Art 147
Thanatology 150
App. 1 Associations and Organizations 152
App. 2 College and University Programs in Funeral Service Education and/or Mortuary Science 157
App. 3 Funeral Service State Examining Boards 165
App. 4 Accreditation Standards of the American Board of Funeral Service Education 175
App. 5 Mortuary Science Periodicals 182
Title Index 185
About the Author 196
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