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Links: Death, Mourning & Funeral Customs

NOTE: Some of these articles contain images that may be disturbing (given that one of the customs of the Victorian day was to take photographs of the dead!)

Funerary Practices in the Victorian Period
http://www.morbidoutlook.com/nonfiction/articles/2003_04_vicdeath.html

Memento Mori: Death and Photography in Nineteenth Century America
http://vv.arts.ucla.edu/terminals/meinwald/meinwald1.html

Mourning and Funeral Usages
http://www.victoriana.com/library/harpers/funeral.html
An article on funeral etiquette from Harper's Bazaar, 1886.

Victorian Garden Cemeteries
http://www.timetravel-britain.com/articles/london/cemeteries.shtml
Four of London's best-known Victorian cemeteries.

Victorian London Cemeteries
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/hitch/gendocs/cem.html
Includes a list of all London's Victorian cemeteries.

Victorian Mourning Garb
http://www.morbidoutlook.com/fashion/historical/2001_03_victorianmourn.html

Victorian Post-Mortem Photography
http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2008/01/victorian_postmortem_photography.php
Interesting article on the topic, with a few sample photos.

Victorian Mourning and Sentimental Jewelry
http://www.guyotbrothers.com/jewelry-history/victorian-mourning-and-sentimental-jewelry.htm

Victorian Mourning Customs
http://www.quilthistory.com/VMC.htm
From Collier's Cyclopedia, published in 1901; wonderful details on what to wear, the types of fabrics that are appropriate, etc.

Victoria's Past
http://www.victoriaspast.com/
Visit "The Parlour" for an interesting article on mourning attire and practices.

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