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Rules, Norms and Practices - A Comparative Study Exploring Disposal Practices and Facilities in Northern Europe

Nordh, Helena and House, Danielle and Westendorp, Mariske and Maddrell, Avril and Wingren, Carola and Kmec, Sonja and Jedan, Christoph and Uteng, Tanu Priya and Beebeejaun, Yasminah and Venbrux, Eric (2021). Rules, Norms and Practices - A Comparative Study Exploring Disposal Practices and Facilities in Northern Europe. OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying , 00302228211042138
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Abstract

We identify and analyse practices and management regimes around burial and handling of ashes across eight case study towns within six Northern European countries. We analyse management of cemeteries and crematoria gardens, majority practices and provision for minority communities, including various burial types, cremated remains, the re-use of graves, and costs for interments. Comparative data is drawn from analysis of national and local regulations, interviews with stakeholders, and observations at cemeteries and crematoria gardens. The findings show significant variation in national and local regulations and practices for burial and cremation particularly around the re-use of graves, handling of ashes and costs for grave space and cremation. We identify the opportunities and constraints of these variations in terms of accessibility, diversity and equality; and argue for national directions to avoid unequal treatment within nations. Furthermore, we stress the importance of a liberal and inclusive management of European cemeteries and crematoria gardens.

Authors/Creators:Nordh, Helena and House, Danielle and Westendorp, Mariske and Maddrell, Avril and Wingren, Carola and Kmec, Sonja and Jedan, Christoph and Uteng, Tanu Priya and Beebeejaun, Yasminah and Venbrux, Eric
Title:Rules, Norms and Practices - A Comparative Study Exploring Disposal Practices and Facilities in Northern Europe
Series Name/Journal:OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying
Year of publishing :2021
Article number:00302228211042138
Number of Pages:29
Publisher:SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
ISSN:0030-2228
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography > Human Geography
Keywords:burial, grave, cemeteries, crematoria, multicultural societies, religious diversity
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-113695
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-113695
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DOI10.1177/00302228211042138
Web of Science (WoS)000693746300001
ID Code:25495
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:23 Sep 2021 13:22
Metadata Last Modified:23 Sep 2021 13:24

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