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Making Sense of Death : Ritual Practices and Situational Beliefs of the Recently Bereaved in the

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The author examines the meaning-making practices of death rituals and situational beliefs in the Netherlands, focusing on the impact of the changing role of religion, the individualization of society, and the development of modern cremation on the structure and meaning of death ritual today and what situational beliefs emerge in the funerary and bereavement practices of survivors. She draws on interviews, participant observations, and a survey to consider the death rituals of recently bereaved Dutch people with a Roman Catholic or Protestant background or no religious affiliation, to understand ritual practice and ritual meaning and how they influence social, spatial, and temporal expressions and enactments of belief and vice versa, particularly afterlife beliefs and ongoing relationships between the living and the dead, by showing how situational beliefs of continued existence are present in practices, are ritualized, and become part of the prolonged process of death ritual. She explores the preparation and performance of the funeral ceremony, disposal practices (focusing on cremation), and the period of bereavement up to a year after the funeral, emphasizing the impact and meaning of secularization in the face of death. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 323
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Series Title: Death Studies: Nijmegen Studies in Thanatology
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Author: Brenda Mathijssen
Language: English
Street Date: July 31, 2017
TCIN: 53450772
UPC: 9783643908674
Item Number (DPCI): 248-68-0350
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