08/25/2015Location: Boone County Public Library Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Fee Information: none Contact Name: Sybil Craig Contact Email: BNRPINC@gmail.com Contact Phone Number: 870-704-9114
Join Abby Burnett for a presentation on Burial Customs of the Arkansas Ozarks. Death and dying were once handled very differently from modern times. Prior to the arrival of professional undertakers and embalmers, friends and neighbors buried the dead, and few parts of the complicated process have survived to the present day. The study of Ozark burial customs includes building coffins, laying out and sitting up with the dead, holding delayed funerals and observing numerous customs, superstitions and taboos. These practices were almost unchanged across the Ozarks but, by the end of World War II, had largely disappeared.