I found some interesting facts while I was looking up the history of an abandoned building.
Until the mid 1800s, caring for their dead was a family event. The body was washed by the women of the family and placed into a casket made by the men which was given a place of honor in the best room of the house, the front parlor.
Embalming wasn't invented until the Civil War when preserving the body made it possible for a soldier to be transported from the battle field home to his family for burial.
The process caught on after President Abraham Lincoln was
assassinated and his body taken on a posthumous tour of the country.
The wake continued to be held in the family home and the embalmer came to the house to prepare the body. He came to be called "the undertaker" because he undertook the duties that used to belong to the family of the deceased.
Within decades people found it inconvenient to have a body taking up the family's front parlor and a funeral parlor, in a funeral home, was built for that purpose In the community.
Apparently having a "lady attendant" gave a bit of extra class and decorum to the occasion. Young's Funeral Home in Ridgeland, SC served the community in the 1960s and until Mr Young died in the early 1970s.
There is a gentle and peaceful feeling surrounding the old building that is slowly being consumed
by Lowcountry sand, vines, and its own living roof. Much like the bodies cared for there 50 years ago.
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Thought for the day: