Promote, oppose, accommodate or compensate? Four ways religion can interact with society’s death practices

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Abstract

The article outlines four ways that religions interact with a society’s dominant practices for dying, funerals, grief and mourning. Examples are given of religious promotion of practices that may eventually become normative for society; of religious opposition to a society’s death practices; of subsequent accommodation, whether by mourners or their religious leaders; and of how culture may compensate if a dominant religion fails to provide adequate rites for mourning. At a personal level, when religious requirements and societal practices do not mesh, and in mixed-religion families whose members disagree over what rites are necessary, grief can become complicated for both individuals and families.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-24
Number of pages6
JournalBereavement Care
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2017

Keywords

  • Ancestors, burial, cremation, euthanasia, grief, nature

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