Do Funerals Matter? The Purpose and Practice of Death Rituals
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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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 4/17/2013
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
|List of Figures|
|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|