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Customs surrounding death and burial are considered rites of passage, those rituals observed at a person's passing from one stage of life to another. The people of Franklin County observe a unique set of death and burial customs that include stopping clocks, the bathing of the deceased, and the honoring of certain objects.
Visiting several cemeteries in Jackson County’s Canada Township, the author happened across a cemetery style that he had not seen before, found in three different cemeteries. The style was a bare earth mound, meaning the graves were mounded up and kept clear of grass and weeds, and then covered with a thick layer of white gravel to maintain the shape and suppress growth of grass.