To "compliment" my interview with Bernadette, I am also going to visit the National Museum of Funeral History, which just happens to be in Houston, Texas, and just a few miles away from my home.
Bernadette's booklet is slim at less than 40 pages, but is packed with information on period customs for wakes and funerals, cemeteries, undertakers, caskets, the "Art of Dying," post-mortem photography, spiritualism and philosophies of the afterlife, mourning art, clothing, jewelry, and etiquette, and funeral food (including recipes for "funeral pie" and "funeral biscuits). The booklet includes a nice biography to prompt further reading. It also includes more than eighty illustrations, including photographs of many period mourning items from her own collection.
Look for an interview with Bernadette soon in The Civil War News and on this blog!