ERIC Number: ED329832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Post-Death Ritual in a Colorado Community.
Bosley, Geri M.; Bromley, Susan P.
Much of the literature regarding funeral ritual deals with a definition of what ritual is, what it does within the societal context, and how it attempts to accomplish facilitation of grief work. General consensus among the theorists is that ritual consists of organized action conveying meaning and intent with the purpose of perpetuating societal predictability and providing a personal means of dealing with the chaotic process of grief. This study investigated the role and function of funeral ritual. Qualitative method was used in a triangulation study in which clergy, funeral professionals, and lay mourners participated in semi-structured interviews. Thematic analysis revealed a consensus across respondents regarding general components of ritual. Seven key functions of ritual were identified: (1) acknowledging the death; (2) promoting acceptance of the death; (3) facilitating acceptance of change; (4) offering structure during chaos; (5) providing opportunities to strengthen bonds; (6) providing access to community support; and (7) offering meaning in the context of death. The final finding of this study related to the media and their influence on societal death perceptions. (LLL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Funerals; Rituals
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (98th, Boston, MA, August 10-14, 1990).