Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Andrea D. Clements, Ph.D.

Committee Members

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.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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