Respectable Burial

Respectable Burial

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Respectable Burial also highlights how important a role Montreal played in Canada's history. The cemetery is the final resting place of politician Alexander Galt, poet F.R. Scott, hockey star Howie Morenz, explorer David Thompson, bank presidents, renegades, hangmen, and victims of the Titanic. This history of a model rural cemetery, an innovator in perpetual care and proprietor of the first crematorium in Canada, illustrates changing attitudes to burial and commemoration - including the relationships between Protestantism, Romanticism, and death. Young also shows how the cemetery, a site of great natural beauty that helped inspire Frederick Law Olmsted's adjacent Mount Royal Park, became a much-loved public urban space and examines how the evolution of its landscaping, architecture, and use reflect changing attitudes to the place of women, recreation, heritage, and the environment. Incorporating a rich collection of archival illustrations, walking maps, and a colour photo essay by photographer Geoffrey James, Respectable Burial will appeal to anyone interested in Canadian history, parks, and cities.The burial service might be read with a€œthe lantern dimly burning, a€ and volleys, often in the dark, would signal the end of the ceremony.22 A gun salute was permitted at the 1912 funeral of Colonel Edward Ashworth Whitehead, Boy Scout leaderanbsp;...

Title:Respectable Burial
Author: Brian J. Young
Publisher:McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP - 2003-05-26

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