“Funerals aren’t nice but it couldn’t have been nicer”. The makings of a good funeral

  title={“Funerals aren’t nice but it couldn’t have been nicer”. The makings of a good funeral},
  author={Margaret Holloway and Sue Adamson and Vassos Argyrou and Peter Draper and Daniel Mariau},
  pages={30 - 53}
Abstract There is growing comment in both academic and popular writing about the shape and content of funerals today, with general agreement that we are seeing marked changes with a growing trend towards secularisation and personalisation. Despite this, there is as yet relatively little systematic research on the topic. This article reports on a study funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK into spirituality in contemporary funerals. This qualitative study centred around case… 
Symbols and Symbolism in the Funeral Today
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‘My Memories of the Time We Had Together Are More Important’: Direct Cremation and the Privatisation of UK Funerals
Funerals have long been of interest to social scientists. Previous sociological work has examined the relationship between individuality, belief and tradition within funeral services, founded on the
How Funerals Accomplish Family: Findings From a Mass-Observation Study
How potentially conflicting frames of grief and family operate in a number of English funerals is analyzed, showing how the funeral stratifies mourners into family or nonfamily, a stratification accomplished through both outward display and inner feeling.
Funerals against death
It is argued that funerals symbolically conquer death not only through words delivered by ritual specialists, but also through those who knew the deceased congregating and speaking, which is termed relationships against death.
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A qualitative study of recently bereaved people's beliefs about death: implications for bereavement care.
The study provides a research-based framework within which to understand contemporary beliefs about death, and contributes to the understanding of how health professionals can support recently bereaved people.
We Rise Out of the Cradle into the Grave: An Ethnographic Exploration of Ritual, Mourning, and Death on a Hutterite Colony
An ethnographic exploration into the experience of child death and ritual on a Hutterite colony utilizing participant-observation and interviewing revealed three recurrent themes emerged: ritual/tradition, spirituality/faith, and social cohesion and integration/group identity.
The Evolving Landscape: Funerals, Cemeteries, Memorialization, and Bereavement Support
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Why the sad face? Secularization and the changing function of funerals in Newfoundland
The changes in funeral customs are not simply the result of a de-ritualization process or an increasing discomfort with death, but they mark a shift in the practices used in ritualizing death and in the people who are charged with that responsibility.
“A Sound Track of Your Life”: Music in Contemporary Uk Funerals
The role that music plays in contemporary UK funerals and the meaning that the funeral music has for bereaved families is considered, based on findings from a recently completed study of 46 funerals funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Academic constructions of bereavement
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Personal Reflections of Funeral Rituals and Spirituality in a Kentucky African American Family
Why it is important for professional practitioners to have awareness about a range of diverse funeral events and traditions that can take place in the African American community is described.
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It is argued that the appropriation of ‘spirituality’—by nursing educators and academics in particular—reflects a deliberate effort to professionalise the nursing occupation, often at the expense of patients, especially those from minority faith traditions and indeed ‘ordinary’ nurses.
Professionalization without dead bodies : the case of Swedish funeral directors.
Abstract The aim of this article is to discuss Swedish funeral directors from a professionalization perspective with a focus on the last decades. The article is primarily based on a research study
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Spirituality and secularization: nursing and the sociology of religion.
  • J. Paley
  • Philosophy
    Journal of clinical nursing
  • 2008
The sociology of religion is drawn on - neglected, for the most part, in the nursing literature - to establish that the UK and the USA are at opposite ends of the religion/secularity spectrum, implying that it is a mistake to assimilate USA and UK sources.