MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Andrea D. Clements, Ph.D.
Stacey Williams, Ph.D., Matthew McBee, Ph.D.
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.
Thesis - Open Access
Childress, Lawrence D., "Shifts in Ritual Response to Loss due to Death: An Assessment of Funeral Service Mourning Trends over Time" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2613. http://dc.etsu.edu/etd/2613
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