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Instructions For A Good Death

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Cardinals were subject to conventions and strict controls that dictated every detail of their deaths from their wills to their monuments. These controls signified the close relationship of the cardinals with the pope. Their funerary monuments marked the end of a long process of preparation for death and the eternal afterlife which began in the individual's lifetime. This chapter considers the following questions: How, then, should these monuments be understood? Is it possible to go as far as to call them funerals in stone? A cardinal's funeral was in three main parts: the preparation of the body and setting up of the funeral bier in his home; the funeral procession and the recap ion of the body into the church where the bier was placed on or within the catafalque and, the nine days of funeral services (novena) during which or just after the burial took place.

Keywords:cardinals; death; funeral; monuments; novena; pope; wills



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