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This is an absolutely fascinating and utterly engrossing exploration of American mourning customs and how they've changed through the centuries. I for one am very grateful that we no longer make mementos of hair (just imagine wearing jewelry made of hair or hanging a hair wreath above your mantel!) or wear black crape for an extended period to help us grieve. After reading American Afterlife, I will certainly look upon a cemetery, whether a pastoral rural graveyard or a more modern, manicured memorial park, with new insight and appreciation.