Learn how the Civil War death toll ended up changing funeral practices forever

Learn how the Civil War death toll ended up changing funeral practices forever


At the beginning of the American Civil War, there was no preparation for what would happen with those who died.

After all, the war would be short and no one would be killed.

Almost 700,000 deaths later, the process of caring for the dead became a little studied but huge part of the Civil War story. The Franklin Civil War Round Table presents an in depth look at the huge challenge of processing the dead at the August 12 presentation at the Carnton Plantation’s Fleming Center.

Dr. Todd Van Beck will present this unusual program dedicated to the exploration of the issue of caring for the dead and hence the caring for the living during the War. Van Beck has been in the funeral service, bereavement care, and church lay ministry for almost 50 years.  He is the author of hundreds of articles and books and a speaker on a wide variety of topics ranging from funeral customs to counseling and the psychology of grief. He has spoken in Europe, New Zealand and many other parts of the world.  He obtained his Bachelors of Arts Degree from Mount Mercy University, a Masters Degree from Mount Saint Mary’s and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. He has been recognized by many professional organizations for his work in the art and science of embalming.  He is currently the Director of Continuing Education Studies at the John A. Gupton College in Nashville.

The Civil War ended up changing the art of funeral service forever.

This event begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, at the Carnton Plantation in Franklin. The public is invited. For further information contact:  gregwade55@yanhoo.com

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