Do Funerals Matter? The Purpose and Practice of Death Rituals

ISBN-10: 0415662052

ISBN-13: 9780415662055

Edition: 2013

Authors: William G. Hoy
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Description: Do Funerals Matter? is a creative interweaving of historical, sociocultural, and research-based perspectives on death rituals, drawing from myriad sources to create a picture of what death rituals have been, and where, especially in the Western world, they are going. Death educators, researchers, counselors, clergy, funeral-service professionals, and others will appreciate the book’s theory- and research-based approach to the ways cultural groups memorialize their dead. They will also find clear clinical and practical applications in the author’s exploration of the five "ritual commonalities" of death-related ritual practice, and help for professionals counseling the bereaved surrounding the funeral ritual. Based on nearly three decades of research and teaching on funeral rites, this volume promises to fill an important gap in the cross-cultural literature on bereavement while answering an important question for our generation: do funerals matter?

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 4/17/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

List of Figures
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Funerals-Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going
More Treasured than Words: The Anchor of Significant Symbols
Getting Everybody Together: The Anchor of Gathered Community
Walk Out What You Can't Talk Out: The Anchor of Ritual Action
Looking Back to Look Forward: The Anchor of Cultural Heritage
Taking the Dead to the Party: The Anchor of the Body's Presence
North American Quests to Personalize Funeral Rituals
The Business of Funerals
Clinical Perspectives on the Value of Funerals
Farther Down the Road: Using Ritual in Grief Counseling
Epilogue
Glossary
References
Index
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