Widow's Weeds and Weeping Veils

Mourning Rituals in 19th Century America

Bernadette Loeffel-Atkins

Widow's Weeds and Weeping Veils: Mourning Rituals in 19th Century America covers the Civil War Era, Women's History, Fashion and Social and Cultural changes. The book also explains how Victorian America viewed death and dying.
Date Published :
April 2012
Publisher :
Gettysburg Publishing
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ISBN : 9780983863113
Pages : 56
Dimensions : 8.5 X 5.5 inches
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The Victorian era both in Europe and America saw the rituals of mourning rise above the practical use of providing closure for those left behind. Mourning became an art form through which is not only grief, but also religious feeling, social obligation, and even fashion could be expressed.

Widow's Weeds and Weeping Veils explores how Victorians viewed death and dying, describing the cultural and social changes that occurred as a result of the historical events of their time. This concise, informative work is ideal for students of the nineteenth-century, American Civil War enthusiasts and anyone interested in Victorian culture.

About The Author

Bernadette Loeffel-Atkins is a native New Yorker and has resided in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for over 20 years. Ms. Loeffel-Atkins has worked as a freelance writer and photographer for a number of years and formerly managed a military history bookstore in Gettysburg. Bernadette studies thanatology, genealogy and enjoys touring and photographing historic sites and old cemeteries. Ms. Loeffel-Atkins is considered to be an expert on 19th Century mourning rituals and the life and times of Queen Victoria.She is also active with animal rights organizations and historic preservation. Bernadette is currently on the Board Of Trustees at Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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