Professionalising the Funeral Industry in England 1700–1960

  title={Professionalising the Funeral Industry in England 1700–1960},
  author={Glennys Howarth},
In 1689, coffin maker William Russell undertook to provide clients with all the requirements for a funeral.1 Gaining the blessing of the College of Arms whose heralds he proposed to employ, Russell seized the initiative for the embryonic undertaking profession. The trade has since flourished; presently enjoying a virtual monopoly of funeral services. This chapter will explore the undertaking industry as part of a process which commercialised death. The economic exploitation of death rites is… CONTINUE READING