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Sorrow and Solace

The Social World of the Cemetery, 1st Edition

By Philip Bachelor

Routledge

180 pages

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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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Death, Value and Meaning Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health