Title of Poster or Paper
Professor Jennifer McLaughlin and Professor Mary Ignani
College and Major available
4-24-2019 2:00 PM
4-24-2019 5:00 PM
Six Feet Under: An Environmental, Financial, and Cultural Examination of Death and Disposal in Modern America
This poster summarizes research on the topic of the death care industry in America. It first examines the financial aspect of the funeral industry in America, the manipulative relationship of the principle/agent relationship, and the effects that the financial pressure has on families. The environmental section focuses on the environmental footprint of current body disposal methods. Alternative methods are introduced with a focus on natural burial and its benefits. It then concludes by examining the relationship America has with how it deals with death and offers ways to remedy that. Research concludes by emphasizing the need to shift the current methods of the funeral industry to be more environmentally conscious, fiscally responsible, and reunite Americans with the natural process of death.