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A Cheerful and Comfortable FaithAnglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia$
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Lauren Winner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300124699

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300124699.001.0001

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“To Comfort the Living”

“To Comfort the Living”

The Household Choreography of Death and Mourning

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(p.141) Chapter Five “To Comfort the Living”
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A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith
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Lauren F. Winner

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300124699.003.0006

This chapter explains that when faced with death, Anglican gentry turned to practices of dying and mourning which were, in the earlier sense of the term, comfortable. They comforted the dying and the bereaved with the hope of resurrection, and solaced those who anticipated their own death with the thought that just as they actively mourned and perpetuated the memories of their dead friends and relatives, so too their own memories would be perpetuated after their deaths. Both dying and mourning were finely choreographed in the gentry households of eighteenth-century Virginia. More widespread than the practice of wearing mourning clothing was that of wearing mourning jewelry, especially mourning rings. The genealogies that Virginians such as Tunstall inscribed in their Bibles were, in some ways, quite similar to the genealogies they found printed in the Bible's pages.

Keywords:   death, Anglican gentry, dying, mourning, comfortable, resurrection, gentry households, Virginia, mourning jewelry

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