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According to an anthropologist and archaeologist Louis Leakey the history of funeral services dates back to 60000BC when a Neanderthal man was found in a burial grounds with fragments of flowers and animal antlers which means that Neanderthals instinctively buried their dead in ceremony without customs to go from Leakey 1932 Laderman2000 uses specific details to describe the dynamics of a funeral The chaos of death disturbs the peace of the living Nothing represents this chaos more forcefully to human senses and the imagination than the biological process of biological disintegration This unsettling fact of life has proven to be a rich source of inspiration for human efforts to find order in disorder meaning in suffering eternity in finitude Religion culture social structures the vitality of these rudimentary elements of communal life depends upon ritually putting the dead body in its place managing the relations between the living and the dead and providing explanations for the existence of deathLaderman2000pp1 An interview with a local funeral director was conducted to gain a perspective of historical and current practices related to funeral industry Kevin Kearney who has been the owner and funeral director of Kearney Funeral Home for 40 years shared his experience knowledge of customs and perspective on the funeral industry and death Kearney believes that death is something that has always instilled a sense of fear in the families that he has helped He stated To many people death is something that is taboo
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