What does the Victoian attitude to death tell us about the period?
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These were pills that claimed to cure everything from backache to typhoid. In London almost a quarter of children died before they reached aged 5, this figure decreased a little when you went out of London, except in Bradford which had the highest infant death rate in the whole of England Families were so used to children dying young that they took a while before they named them, often just referring to them as baby until they to a few years old or the next child came along...
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Death was so commonplace that the etiquette of what to do when calling round a family that had recently had a deceased, was in Mrs Beetons's Book of Household Management, which was the middle class wife's bible on how to behave.
Death for the Victorians was very ritualistic, from the dress to the funeral procession...
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