Religion: The Death Industry

"It is the task of those in the funeral profession," according to a manual for undertakers titled Psychology of Funeral Service, "to educate the public in the right paths." In the dozen years since Novelist Evelyn Waugh wrote The Loved One, his famed satire on "the funeral profession," the public has been so thoroughly educated that today the undertakers' take-over from clergymen seems almost complete— and more profitable than ever. So reports the Roman Catholic magazine Jubilee in an article showing that anywhere in the U.S., a family can dispose of its dead...

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