Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Psychology

Date of Award

12-2015

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Andrea D. Clements, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Stacey Williams, Ph.D., Matthew McBee, Ph.D.

Abstract

Bereavement, while universal, is experienced and expressed uniquely; it is both ultimate and particular. As the predominant social expression of grief, funerals are purported to be waning and/or transitioning to emergent, less conventional ceremonial forms. In this research, the possible salutary utility of funerals is outlined, and trends relative to the cost, nature (type), and prevalence of funeral services are examined relative to an extant data set from two funeral homes of shared ownership in northeast Tennessee. This data analysis of specific funeral trends in south central Appalachia is juxtaposed against the broader backdrop of current theoretical, clinical, and socio-cultural understandings of bereavement, grief, and mourning.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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