Death and Dying: Funerals in the United States
Learn about traditional and current American funeral practices
This class will provide an overview of the legal, cultural, and religious dimensions of funeral practices in the United States. Though burial used to the be only option for the final disposition of the body, cremation is now more common than burial in the United States and alternatives, such as green burial and alkaline hydrolysis, are increasingly available. Funeral services will also be discussed including new trends such as Celebrations of Life and theme funerals.
Facilitator: Kathleen Garces-Foley, Ph.D. is Founding Director of Arlington's Coalition to Improve Advanced Care, Professor of Religious Studies at Marymount University, and a published author on death and funeral practices.
Refreshments will be provided.
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