Guest Column: Rediscovering Practical Appalachian Traditions
Last updated 4/6/2020 at 12:49pm
In these days of a global pandemic and over a million infected around the world, one major issue for families comes up that is similar to what our ancestors faced a couple of generations ago: how to deal with the deceased and the family funerals, a time of celebrating their lives. Prior to the modern practice of embalming of the deceased and of modern transportation allowing for widespread families to congregate for goodbyes, our families had to bury their loved ones quickly.
Throughout these mountains, and elsewhere, there developed the practice of the delayed funeral. Early writers o...