Midwives, Layers-Out, and Lady Pole

Patricia Lundy explores the relationship between women and death by reflecting on two books. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, Caitlin Doughty’s memoir on her experience (past and current) in the death industry and Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, with specific focus on Lady Pole. In this post Patricia entertains the idea that death is an important facet of female identity, and when it is stripped away, this identity, as well as female autonomy, is stripped away as well.

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Women in the Mourning

Kate Mayfield is the author of the memoir, The Undertaker’s Daughter. Here she takes us back to a time when women were not prominent figures in the funeral industry. Sharing the stories of women who played important roles ‘behind the scenes’ at her father’s funeral home, Kate’s childhood home.

The Undertakers Daughter

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