ERIC Number: ED249432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Understanding Funeralization and Post-Funeralization Rituals: The Facilitation of Grief Work.
Camp, Delpha; Bolton, Christopher
Although thanatologists agree that grieving is essential in adjusting to the loss of a loved one, numerous questions about what facilitates the grieving process remain. To examine the relationship between funeral and post-funeral ritual and grief adjustment, 50 widowed persons (47 females, 3 males) were interviewed and completed two life satisfaction and self-esteem questionnaires. Data were categorized into three funeralization rituals: pre-funeral; funeral; and post-funeral. An analysis of the results showed that more than half of the respondents reported having a funeral service for their spouse (56 percent), while 16 percent held a memorial service in conjunction with cremation, 14 percent held a memorial service, 6 percent had the remains cremated, and 4 percent held both a funeral and a memorial service. An average of 6 years had passed between the spouse's death and the interview. Only post-funeral rituals were associated with the two attitude measures. Specifically, feelings about family, finances, and health were directly related to rituals involving responding to expressions of sympathy and post-funeral help and sorting and disposing of the deceased's personal effects. Future research should focus on the evaluation of interventions as well as the causal relationship between ritual and adjustment. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Gerontological Society (30th, Anaheim, CA, March 17-21, 1984).