Making sense of death

ab 29,90 

Brenda Mathijssen

Ritual practices and situational beliefs of the recently bereaved in the Netherlands

ISBN 978-3-643-90867-4
Band-Nr. 5
Jahr 2017
Seiten 328
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Death Studies. Nijmegen Studies in Thanatology


This book on death rites and situational beliefs in the
Netherlands offers valuable insight in the ways in which the
recently bereaved make sense of a death. It shows how people
seek and create meaning by reinventing ritual repertoires
and by re-imagining afterlife beliefs. Attention is given to
the changing role of religion, the co-creation of
personalised funerals, and to innovation in cremation and
remembrance practices. By demonstrating how people transform
their relationship with the deceased through material
practices, this study emphasises the widely-overlooked
dynamics of continuing bonds.

Brenda Mathijssen is a postdoctoral
researcher at the University of Reading (UK). She did her
doctoral research at Radboud University in Nijmegen (The
Netherlands), where she is affiliated to the Centre for