1st Edition

Sorrow and Solace
The Social World of the Cemetery





ISBN 9780415785273
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
180 Pages

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Book Description

Sorrow and Solace focuses on the importance of cemeteries in the lives of everyday mourners, and ways in which our bereaved give meaning to and draw value from their commemorative activities. The death of someone dear to us is among the most momentous life event that we experience. In many societies, visiting the grave or memorial is a common behavioural response to bereavement. Memorial sites provide vital connections to our deceased loved ones with whom we wish to maintain ongoing social bonds, and cemeteries are crucial places of deep healing and growth. Millions of visits are made to cemeteries every day, but the extent of this activity and its value to those who mourn - the topics of this volume - have long remained largely unrecognised. Large urban memorial parks are hives of activity for recently bereaved persons, and are among the most visited places in Western communities. Some cemeteries, hosting millions of annual visits, are more popular than many major tourist attractions. Cemetery visitation is a high-participatory, value-laden, expressive activity, and a most significant observable behaviour of the recently bereaved. This work will be invaluable to those seeking a scholarly understanding of bereavement, mourning, and commemoration. Written principally for professionals with a tertiary educational interest in related fields, such as grief educators, nurses, palliative carers, and social workers, it is also an important resource for the further education of other carers and service providers, including psychologists, physicians, counsellors, clergy, funeral directors, cemetery administrators, and monumental masons. The book is also a significant contribution to the field of social anthropology.

Table of Contents

Introduction

 PART A
Chapter 1. Evolution of the Cemetery Milieu
 Recent Centuries
 Garden Cemeteries
 Railway Access
 Compartmentalization
 Cremation
 Memorial Parks
 Mausolea
 Conclusion
 References

Chapter 2. Death Today
 When We Die
 Why We Die
 Where We Die
 References

Chapter 3. Concepts of Bereavement and Grief
 Bereavement Theories
 Grief Processes
 Sociological Perspectives
 Accommodation of Grief
 Impacts of Grief and Trauma
 Conclusion
 References

Chapter 4. Research Methodologies
 Quantitative Methodology
 Naturalistic Observation
 Qualitative Methodology
 Conclusion
 References

 PART B
Chapter 5. Visitation Patterns
 Significance of Cemetery Visitation
 Patterns
 Frequency
 Duration
 Anniversaries
 Trajectory
 Summary
 References

Chapter 6. Social Factors
 Relationship
 Age
 Sex
 Education and Employment
 Conclusion
 References

Chapter 7. Cultural Factors
 Religion
 Specific Religious Practices
 Nationality
 Primary Service
 Conclusion
 References

 PART C
Chapter 8. Visitation Reasons
 Obligation
 Emotional Bond
 Solace
 Other Reasons
 Summary of Visitation Reasons
 References

Chapter 9. Visitation Activities
 Placing Flowers
 Maintaining the Grave or Memorial
 Talking to the Decedent
 Crying
 Prayer
 Other Activities
 Summary of Visitation Activities
 Reference

Chapter 10. Emotions 
 Sorrow
 Solace
 Guilt
 Loss
 Respect
 Fear
 Loneliness
 Anger
 Emotional Change
 Summary of Visitation Emotions
 References

Chapter 11. Frequency 
 Modulation
 Turning Points
 Summary of Visitation Frequency
 References

Chapter 12. Non-Visitation Reasons
 Non-Interment of Remains
 Inability to Access the Cemetery
 Grief Repression
 Religious Restrictions
 No Perceived Need to Visit
 Summary of Non-Visitation Reasons
 References

Chapter 13. Personal Values 
 The Funeral
 The Cemetery
 The Memorial
 Visitation
 References

Chapter 14. Working Through Grief
 Grief-Work
 The Place of the Cemetery Within Contexts of Grief
 References

Glossary
 Index About the Author

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Biography

Philip Bachelor is past President of the Cemeteries & Crematoria Association of Victoria, and honorary Secretary of the Centre for Grief Education in Melbourne.