Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, The Undertaking)
In "The Undertaking," Lynch states that "the dead don't care," only the living do. In this lesson, students will discuss this concept and how it relates to the significance of funeral traditions.
1. Class Discussion: What did Lynch mean when he said the dead do not care? Does it matter to them how they died once they are dead? Why do the living care? Why is the manner of death often important to those left behind? What is the difference between the dead not caring and the dead "mattering," as Lynch wrote?
2. Individual Activity: Pair up with another student and discuss they types of deaths mentioned by Lynch in the first chapter. Would particular deaths be more difficult for loved ones to accept? Is it ever easy for the living to move on or are there cases in which the pain will always be there? Would...
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