By Cali Lewis
Death practices that are used in Appalachia are rooted in the past, as far back as even the Scots Irish ancestors of the early settlers. In Albion's Seed by David Hacket Fisher the death ways of the people from the Borders region of the British Isles are detailed. Some of these practices are still in use today in all reaches of the Appalachian Mountian region.
Learn More about Death Ways in the Borders region of the British Isles
There are three main parts of the ceremony, in addition to the prepartions made to the body before the ceremony: visitation, funeral, and burial services.
Preparation of the deceased
Some of the most basic practices and traditions surrounding death today, such as embalming and wooden and metal caskets were unavailable to the folks in rural Bland County during a good part of the twenty century. Instead, a number of home practices were commonly used during the preparation of the bodies for viewing and burial.
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Learn More about Digging the Grave and Burial Services
Here are some Bland County residents talking about their experiences with wakes, funerals, and burial services in Bland County.