Academic studies on death and cemeteries are relatively recent in Portugal; those that do exist tend to adopt an essentially historical and artistic point of view. Studies on the practicalities of managing the dead and their spaces are even more recent, and they do not yet form a cohesive body of work.
Combining both approaches, Death and Funeral Practices in Portugal is the first book to offer a broad look at the evolution and current status of Portuguese funerary practice. By exploring the country’s historical development, examining the contemporary legal framework, and systematizing the way Portugal manages its cemeteries, crematoria, and other death spaces, this book aims to provide an essential reference to researchers with an interest in Portuguese funeral practice. Among other themes, this book interprets the predominance of Catholic funerals, examines the relatively recent history of cremation, and contextualizes the practices of exhumation and grave re-use, which are integral to the normal functioning of a Portuguese cemetery.
This is the first book on Portuguese death and dying written specifically for a non-Portuguese audience. It will be of interest to researchers and scholars but also accessible to students and non-specialist readers first coming into the subject.
Table of Contents
2. History of Portuguese Funerary Practice
3. Demographic and Legal Frameworks
4. Governance and Professionalization
5. Religion and Funerary Practice
6. The Funeral Directing Industry
7. A Typical Funeral
8. Paying for Funerals
Rafaela Ferraz Ferreira is a writer and independent researcher with a focus on Portuguese death practices, specifically current and emerging forms of body disposal.
Ana Júlia Almeida Miranda works in Aveiro as a technical assistant of two public cemeteries, Esgueira and Taboeira, dealing with all the legal and bureaucratical matters of managing and maintaining the two cemeteries.
Francisco Queiroz is a Portuguese art historian, and researcher at both CEPESE (Oporto) and ARTIS-IHA/FLUL (Lisbon).