Continuing bonds and place

Julian Walter, Annika Jonsson

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Where do people feel closest to those they have lost? This article explores how continuing bonds with a deceased person can be rooted in a particular place or places. Some conceptual resources are sketched, namely continuing bonds, place attachment, ancestral places, home, reminder theory, and loss of place. We use these concepts to analyse interview material with seven Swedes and five Britons who often thought warmly of the deceased as residing in a particular place and often performing characteristic actions. The destruction of such a place, by contrast, could create a troubling, haunting absence, complicating the deceased’s absent-presence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-415
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number7
Early online date31 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Grief
  • space
  • attachment
  • home
  • absent presence


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