A confrontation with death. The meaning of remembrance and commemoration at graves after losing a family member.

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2022-10-25
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At cemeteries one can see that traditional collective identities are losing their impact. References to collective identities are being substituted with more personalized, privatized modes of dealing with death. These enactments of commemoration, performed by bereaved and the way the deceased are remembered, are not fixed any more, especially for younger generations. Each individual remembers and commemorates, in a way as it suits him or her. Cemeteries and the people that visit them, may express changing beliefs about mortality and immortality, about the meaning of life in this world and the hereafter. Graves materialize specific memories. The research of; commemoration as well as remembrance, can give us an improved insight in the changing spiritual dimension of our dealing with human finitude.
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Faculteit der Filosofie, Theologie en Religiewetenschappen