Title

Domestic Deathcare: The Effect of Home Funerals on the Grieving Process

Date of Award

5-1-2019

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Department

Counselor Education

First Advisor

Mary Fawcett

Abstract

In the United States, there is a growing movement towards home and alternative funeral practices. Little is known about how this shift might impact the grief process. In order to understand the contemporary home funeral movement, it is important to examine pivotal moments in the history of funerals in America—like the Civil War, Industrial Revolution and the popularization of the genteel code. Additionally, research on grief and funerals provides general context and insight on the influence of funeral rituals on mourning. Though much of the literature on conventional funerals and family’s responses to loss apply to alternative deathcare, there is also some anecdotal evidence to suggest that the unique qualities of home funerals give families more time and space to heal.

Unique Identifier

wsucedcap_2019_Pitsch

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