Death in the Victorian Family

Paperback | November 4, 1999

byPat Jalland

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This enthralling book explores the experience of dying, death, grieving, and mourning in the years between 1830-1920. Victorian letters and diaries reveal a deep preoccupation with death because of a shorter life expectancy, a high death rate for infants and children, and a dominant Christianculture. Drawing upon the private correspondence, diaries and death memorial of fifty-five middle and upper class families, Pat Jalland shows us how dying, death and grieving were experience by Victorian families, and how the manner and rituals of death and mourning varied with age, gender,disease, religious belief, family size and class. She examines deathbed scenes, good and bad deaths, funerals and cremations, mourning rituals, widowhood, and the roles of religion and medicine.

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This enthralling book explores the experience of dying, death, grieving, and mourning in the years between 1830-1920. Victorian letters and diaries reveal a deep preoccupation with death because of a shorter life expectancy, a high death rate for infants and children, and a dominant Christianculture. Drawing upon the private correspon...

Pat Jalland is at Australian National University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:November 4, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198208324

ISBN - 13:9780198208327

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Table of Contents

PART 1. DEATH AND DYINGThe Evangelical ideal of the 'Good Death'The Revival and Decline of the Good Christian DeathBad Deaths, Sudden Deaths, and SuicidesDeath and the Victorian DoctorsNurses, Consultants, and Terminal Prognoses'That Little Company of Angels': The Tragedy of Children's DeathsDeath in Old AgeIn Search of the Good Death: Death in the Gladstone and Lyttelton Families 1835-1915PART II. GRIEF AND MOURNINGIntroduction to Part IIFuneral Reform and the Cremation DebateThe Funeral WeekWidows: Gendered Experiences of WidowhoodWidowers: Gendered Experiences of WidowhoodChristian Consolations and Heavenly ReunionsThe Consolations of MemoryRituals of Sorrow: Mourning-Dress and Condolence LettersChronic and Abnormal Grief: Queen Victoria, Lady Frederick Cavendish, and Emma Haden'A Solitude beyond the Reach of God or Man': Victorian Agnostics and DeathEpilogue. After the Victorians: Social Memory, Spiritualism, and the Great WarNotesLocation of Manuscript CollectionsIndex

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`Pat Jalland's research is impressive, drawing on a vast range of resources taken from the archives of 55 Victorian and Edwardian families.'PW.